Thanks to You, Linh Found Safety and Support

Last year, Linh* and her young son were kicked out of their
house in the middle of the night, after the physical and emotional abuse they experienced from her husband escalated.

Linh was a recent Vietnamese immigrant who spoke little
English and did not know where to turn for help. After calling 2-1-1, she was referred to AACI Asian Women’s Home. “AACI provided me with immediate shelter in a motel. The next morning, I met my Family Advocate at the Family Justice Center (FJC).” 

Linh was scared and unsure how to find long-term safety from her abusive partner. She wanted to file for a protective restraining order and was seeking counselling and healthcare for herself and her son. The FJC is a lifeline for domestic violence survivors like Linh. The FJC provides a variety of free resources such legal assistance, social services, medical care and access to local law enforcement in 14 languages in one centralized location, which is ideal for survivors who lack easy access to transportation. “My Family Advocate was very helpful and explained the whole legal process to me in my native language. I was also able to meet with a family attorney for free. I received legal advocacy and social services help along with mental health support," Linh said.

Today, Linh’s life has improved tremendously. She is now
working with a family attorney and strongly taking steps to maintain her son's and her own well-being. Now Linh's home is a place of safety and comfort - she now works full time so she is able to rent her own apartment and lives with her mother and son. She is also attending an ESL school. “I used to be in a very abusive relationship. Today my son feels better today and our future looks bright!”  

* At AACI we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.

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