Julia recently graduated from our Personal Empowerment Program (PEP), facilitated by WTLC at a local Family Resource Center. Julia was court mandated to attend PEP classes – she had come into the program both as a survivor of DV and as a person who caused harm in a relationship. Her children had been removed from her home due to an incident where she had been abusive towards her partner.
When Julia came into PEP, she opened up about her journey and how she landed in the program. Julia was vulnerable and shared some emotional moments with her classmates. Each day after class, she would stay after and share how she was implementing the self-love practices she had learned at PEP into her life. She also shared that she was coming to better understand how her past actions had affected her family.
On Julia’s last day of PEP, she came in with great news! She had just learned that her children would be returning to her custody. After class, she shared with her advocate that PEP had really opened her eyes to all of the abuse and hurt that she had gone through. She said, “PEP helped me see how to really love myself, and I felt safe talking about my feelings. Not even therapy has helped me as much as PEP has, it has helped me so much in healing. I feel listened to and believed.”
Julia shared that she would miss attending PEP classes because she enjoyed it so much. Her advocate invited her to WTLC’s upcoming Superhero Summer Splash event, so she could celebrate the season along with other survivors and their families. Julia attended with her children, and won a Target gift card in one of the games! Julia has come so far in her journey to self-love and healing since she was first mandated by the courts to attend PEP classes, and we are excited to see her continue to grow!
For more information or to register for the Personal Empowerment Classes classes please call our 24/7 helpline at 877-531-5522