Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, KING 5 news anchor Jean Enersen will emcee the "Hope Starts Here" breakfast to support the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.
Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP) is seeing a jump in urgent requests for life-saving services and shelter, as it marks the 30th year of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
EDVP answered 10,069 crisis line calls and worked with 4,700 local victims of domestic violence last year.
“This year, we’re seeing more traumatic cases, where families are barely holding on,” said Barbara Langdon, EDVP Executive Director. “Our clients arrive at our offices with frightened children and the realization that they are out of resources. The 2011 Hope Starts Here breakfast helps us provide critical services to these families in desperate need.”
One of EDVP’s clients, Penny, will share her harrowing story about domestic violence in her family. A judge sentenced her abuser to 26 years in prison, and with the help of the King County Prosecutor’s office and EDVP. You can read a short exerpt of her story below.
Registration for the "Hope Starts Here" Breakfast begins at 7:00am, with the program beginning at 7:30 until 8:30am.
While there is no cost to attend the breakfast, a minimum donation of $150 is suggested.
The Meydenbauer Center is located at 11100 NE 6th St. in Bellevue
Good morning. My name is Penny.
We all have life-defining moments, both exhilarating and paralyzing. The hope is to have more joy than sadness, and for the paralyzing moments to be able to move forward without being debilitated, maimed, or killed.
Unfortunately, living with paralyzing fear is the reality domestic violence victims must face.
I was liberated from the cycle of violence and pattern of abuse on February 9, 2009. Instead of being broken inside - I am healed, whole, and strong again - thanks to the King County Special Assault Unit in Dan Satterberg's office and Eastside Domestic Violence Program.
I'm sure that individually, people like ~ Prosecutor Sean O'Donnell; Detective Casey Johnson; Advocates Nicole Ries, Kelsey Mussman, and Dan Prince of EVDP and Advocate Maria Lee of Children's Response Center ~ are normal everyday people like you and I. Collectively, they are a wielding force, changing the lives of women and children, forever