domestic violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Helping a Child Cope With the Effects of Family Violence

Macey’s* Story When seven-year-old Macey first started meeting with a children’s advocate at SafeHouse Denver, she was scared that she would have to find another mother out on the street. She had overheard her father threaten to kill her mother and was certain he meant it. Each week while her mom met with a women’s advocate at SafeHouse Denver, Macey and her advocate worked on a safety plan together. She identified safe neighbors she could go to for help, learned how to dial 911 and established a code word with her mother so Macey would know when to call if her family needed help. During the summer months, Macey participated in a children’s group