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With your help, women in Charlottesville will begin to overcome mental distress, poverty and struggle. They will begin to build a better life for themselves and those they love. They will work with our therapists to understand the impact that anxiety, depression and trauma have in their lives…and they will build pathways to a brighter future.

As clients share, “Your services have given me the chance to open up and talk to someone I trust about abusive situations that I had held in for years.” And “I am forever grateful for this service. I am better able to understand my feelings and realize I can no longer blame myself for my trauma.”

Your support makes transformation like this become a reality.

We are currently seeking support for both our agency’s core programs as well as matching funds for our Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant.

The VOCA grant, which requires local matching funds of $92,000+ annually, enables us to provide FREE, life-saving mental health services to victims of crime.  TWI estimates that over 90 percent of our clients are victims of crime, most commonly sexual assault and domestic violence. The prevalence of violence and abuse in women’s lives translates to greater mental health needs: for example, women are twice as likely to develop an anxiety disorder compared to men. They also attempt suicide approximately twice as often. The Women’s Initiative believes that every woman in our community should have access to innovative, effective, evidence-based mental health care in order to be able to heal from even the most difficult experiences and circumstances.  Your contribution to our VOCA matching fund will make a tremendous difference.

Saucer Magnolia by Christen Yates. christenyates.com  Magnolias are thought to be one of the first flowering plants to evolve on earth, with fossil remains showing that ancient magnolias existed 1000 million years ago. Their ability to survive and thrive, through significant periods of adversity and scarcity, make them a powerful symbol of resilience.

Saucer Magnolia by Christen Yates. christenyates.com

Magnolias are thought to be one of the first flowering plants to evolve on earth, with fossil remains showing that ancient magnolias existed 1000 million years ago. Their ability to survive and thrive, through significant periods of adversity and scarcity, make them a powerful symbol of resilience.