A Bit of Background
Survivors Outreach Ministries was created by domestic violence survivors expressing the necessary resources needed when escaping, planning to leave, and how "NOT" to return to a domestic violence relationship. The lack of on- going support for survivors, accompanied by the difficulties we and other survivors found themselves in trying to navigate resources, services and contradictory messages found in the system, It became apparent to us that others attempting to escape may not have close family relations to serve as a support system. Most DV programs do not provide long-term support and individually assist survivors in navigating a very complex system of services and resources. Knowing that this would be a problem for other Survivors as well, the idea of Survivors Outreach Ministries began to form. After two years of healing, and working as a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, in 2018, Jessika Morgan gathered a group of survivors to put together the first DV Peer Mentor Advocacy program specifically designed solely for Survivors of Domestic Violence in NC and. York County, SC. Specialized DV Peer Support Services and support are necessary to empower victims to leave and stay out of the cycle of of abuse. With the help and support of other Survivors, victims find someone who they can identify with and in time can lead them on the road to recovery from abuse.