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Family Justice Center: Client Story

A New Beginning

Thanks to You, Linh Found Safety and Support

Last year, Linh* and her young son were forced out of their home 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 counseling and healthcare for herself and her son.  The FJC is a lifeline for domestic violence survivors like Linh. The FJC provides free resources such legal assistance, social services, medical care and access to local law enforcement in 14 languages and 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 not only legal advocacy, and social services help but more importantly, mental health support.” Linh said.

 

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

“I used to be in a very abusive relationship but today my son feels better and our future looks bright”

It is through your support that lives like Linh’s are forever changed.  Your gifts make second chances possible.  Thank you for giving!