Lisa Dynarski has been helping victims of domestic violence for several years. She manages a shelter in Cumberland County, but 23 years ago she walked through the front door of a shelter as a victim.
She says the day will always stay with her.
“When I walked into the front doors of the shelter, I was scared for me and my child,” Dynarski said. “I had no idea what was on the other side of that door.”
Dynarski found a path to escape an abusive relationship and she says other women can do the same. She says victims face real fears that keep them from leaving.
“If he says they are gong to kill them or hurt them or member of their family, that is what keeps them where they are,” she said.
Dynarski says women fear that if they leave home, they will not be able to take care of their children. She says many come to the shelter physically and emotionally scarred and have low self-esteem.
Dynarski says staying in a shelter helped her start over by setting goals and regaining her confidence, and she encourages women who are in abusive relationships to plan on making a break and getting their personal affairs in order.