Abuse Survivors Give Back to Domestic Violence Shelter

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Two survivors who escaped violent marriages say they now want to do what they can to help other women escape. They say they know that leaving an abusive situation isn't easy. Women often feel trapped; some may not know where to turn for help.

Kelley Davis and Melissa Weaver are teaming up to do what they can to help women who are in the same situation they once found themselves in.

Kelley Davis called Safehome for help 14 years ago.

"I needed to go somewhere safe where he wouldn't find us," Davis says, "I probably credit them for the lives of me, my son, and daughter. They took me out of something that was life and death."

Melissa Davis was also in an abusive marriage.

"I was one of those people who thought I was stuck," she says. Weaver finally left because she feared for the safety of her four children.

"Something snaps inside and you just go and don't look back," Weavers says.

But she adds that she would have left sooner if she'd known how to call a shelter like Safehome for help. That's why she's now on a mission to help women like her.

"It just makes you feel responsible to try and give something back so people know there are places like this," Weaver says, "so they know there is hope and a way out and you can have a great life afterwards."

Weaver and Davis are now focusing on giving back. They're using their businesses selling Pampered Chef and Miche purses to raise money for Safehome. They've organized a fundraiser set for this weekend, and are hoping to surprise Safehome with just how much two women who care can do.

For its part, Safehome says it can use the help.

"Even though we moved here just five and a half years ago we're jam packed," says Executive Director Sharon Katz.

Safehome says it's glad the phones are ringing, because it saves lives. But it's stretching the budget thin. So having community members organizing fundraisers like this is a huge help.

"Plus it's exciting that people who received services here or who have had issues like this are actually giving back," says Katz.

Davis says she thanks Safehome for being safe and happy today, so giving back is the least she can do.

"I think of them often and it feels good to give back," she says.

The Pampered Purses Fundraiser for Safehome is Saturday February 25th from 9am until 2pm at 8015 Santa Fe in old Overland Park, KS. For more information about it, click here.

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