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Family seeks hope in tragedy

Posted at 10:44 PM, Oct 14, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Lexington's GreenHouse17 is bringing attention to the issue.

The Executive Director, Darlene Thomas, says reaching out for help is the first step.

"You just have to trust your gut and your intuition to know when things are wrong and to reach out for help," said Thomas. "And to realize, that if you have enough courage to survive, you have enough courage to survive beyond that relationship and you don't have to do it alone."

GreenHouse17 is there for victims every step of the way through their recovery process.

"We can do that very basic support, all the way through you know, counseling. We go to courts," Thomas said. "I have advocates that go to court in all 17 counties. We have support groups available. We have individual work, if anybody ever needs shelter."

Their main goal is to help put the pieces of the survivor's and their families' lives back together. "Sometimes family members and friends just have questions. What do we do? What do we say? How do we help? Everybody's always afraid of doing the wrong thing. And honestly, I don't know that there are wrong things when you love somebody. As long as it's your genuine self, it's always the right thing," Thomas said.

The organization helps families move from crisis to self sufficiency.

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