Entries by Conchita Topinka

Survivor Story April 2018

At 23 years of age, Marcus has sage advice for others seeking a way out of an abusive situation. “If you’re on the fence about seeking help, I want you to remember two things: First, your circumstances never determine your value or worth,” says Marcus. “Secondly, remember to never be ashamed of your story, or […]

FSC Reaches Out to LGBTQ Victims

A series of focus groups facilitated by the Family Safety Center last year revealed a real disconnect for the local LGTBQ community seeking DV services. As a result, FSC hired a full-time staff member focused on the community, pursued more diversified housing options, and began sensitivity training for law enforcement. Domestic violence victims are often […]

Survivor Story

If you believe the research, there is a high probability that Cady (not her real name) will become a statistic like her mother. Camp HOPE America wants to change that. One-third of children who experience domestic violence are likely to be victims themselves, and another third will grow up to be abusers. During her week […]

Survivor Story

Whenever he got mad, Lisa’s husband would scream and often hurt her, then physically prevent her from going out the door. A few times Lisa did manage to get away to sleep in her car or spend the night at a hotel. But she was never away for long. “He’d call and manage to convince […]

FSC Navigators help clients weigh their options

Once a domestic violence victim makes the decision to contact the Family Safety Center, a trained Navigator will confidentially help him or her sort through the law enforcement, legal, and social services they need to bring their abuser to justice and start a new life. According to Charlotte Ray, FSC’s Client Services Manager, who has […]

FSC Housing Program Opens the Door to Healing

Linda (not her real name) came to the Family Safety Center (FSC) with her three-week-old infant after her intimate partner jumped on her and beat her. It wasn’t the first time he had beat her, but it was the first time she decided to seek emergency shelter. By the time a victim contacts Family Safety […]

Survivor Story January 18

In the past, Linda* had fled to a friend’s house. That didn’t work out so well when her abuser found her and convinced her to come back home. Emergency shelter allows victims to find safety apart from the places they normally frequent which are the first places an abuser will go to find them. FSC […]

National Study: Camp HOPE America Has Positive Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Memphis’ Camp HOPE America Part of National Study Camps Report Powerful Results from Working with Children Exposed to Domestic Violence  (MEMPHIS, TN), February 26, 2018 – Without hope and the skills to cope with the trauma in their lives, children who have witnessed domestic violence are likely to perpetuate the same cycle of […]

Hope for Tomorrow: FSC Camp Breaks the Cycle

Camp HOPE America, TN in Memphis offers standard activities like swimming, ziplining, hikes, ropes courses, and silly songs. But it is a curriculum focused on providing campers “a pathway to hope,” that sets this residential camp apart. Small group cabin discussions and awards for outstanding character traits provide children the tools to cope with adversity. […]