I am a Survivor of domestic violence and assault. I do not carry any shame about these facts, in part because of organizations like LONA that have supported me on my journey. Thanks to the wonderful community at LONA, I was able to realize my dream of creating a prototype for an app that assists survivors of domestic violence through the process of obtaining temporary restraining orders and assists in guiding them through the process.
When I myself was confronted with the task of obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO), I was completely overwhelmed. I was still aghast at the fact that I, as a feminist, college educated and middle class woman could find herself a victim of domestic abuse.
As a result of working with LONA, I was able to build out a prototype for a native application that would help assist any survivor obtain a restraining order. We worked together to streamline the process and removing the barrier that legal terminology creates for both native and non-native English speakers. And most importantly, [we worked to provide] a supportive narrative for those who do not have experience with the legal system and have most likely been isolated from their own support systems.
Thanks entirely to LONA’s grant, I was able to transition to project manager and work closely with an agency that was doing the design of the prototype. Working with LONA was uplifting, and I was honored to work with them as well [and be] given a great deal of freedom to pursue my vision of how this application could come to fruition.
The women [at LONA] were respectful and incredibly enthusiastic about my vision. They were always available for feedback and check in. And thanks to their faith in me, we were able to develop a prototype that is currently in development. It is a resource that could ultimately help scores of survivors follow their own path towards healing and safety.
I will be forever grateful to their kindness and belief in a project that was so deeply personal and important to me and hopefully look forward to working with them in the future.
Thank you LONA for all of the support you have given me. Before receiving your support, I had too many things on my mind. I had depression and I could not focus on myself and on learning English. You gave me the opportunity to think about my life and what I can do. For the past 6 months, I have had time to focus on improving my English and spend time with my son. During this time, I learned a lot, and though I still need more practice in speaking, I can understand so much. Before these English courses, I wasn’t able to communicate. I couldn’t speak with doctors or in a job interview. Now, I have self-confidence, I can handle my appointments and I was able to interview and get a job. I know my English is not perfect but my friends ask me to translate for them at their appointments! LONA is an amazing organization. I hope your initiative will continue to help other women like me.