By: Team Project Babe
Traumatic healing is a long, difficult, and discriminative process. Often times women feel trapped in their circumstances because they do not have the financial freedom to walk out. When factoring in medical costs, legal fees and psychological help, the cost of trauma healing ranges from thousands of dollars a year to hundreds of thousands over a course of 4+ years for a single person. Those immensely large amounts don’t even begin to cover the intangible costs, such as the long-term damage it can do to a woman’s life, their mental and overall health. The inaccessibility to resources can make it feel as though a woman is alone in the battle to recover.
Since launching in March, Project Babe has partnered with a variety of organizations in the community to promote self-love and the possibility of rebuilding a life women are proud of after a traumatic experience. Project Babe works with the Pace Center for Girls in Miami to teach self-love and healthy relationships, Kristi House in the fight to end child sex trafficking and the sexual assault of minors, and with Lotus House to empower women who are off to a fresh start through career advice and child tutoring. Through the monthly Babe Collective, a Sunday circle of trust where women can share their experiences, women are provided with a safe space to begin their healing and find comfort in the fact that they are not alone.
“I was fortunate enough to afford the help I needed to begin healing after my abusive relationship, but not all women have those resources,” Anna De Gobbi, founder of Project Babe said. “We aim to provide women with as much help as possible can so that their road to recovery is a positive one.”
With statistics rising daily, Project Babe aims to make traumatic healing affordable and accessible. When looking forward, Ms. De Gobbi plans to expand Project Babe within the next year to include services specifically catering towards achieving financial freedom. The nonprofit organization focused on healing, educating and empowering survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, tackles tough conversations and the expensive process of traumatic healing by helping women find their courage, strength, and economic freedom.
“Since economic freedom is such a big component of recovery, we’re working closely with our partners to bring women services they can use to create a life they are proud of.”
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- Nearly half of all women in U.S. (48.4%) have experienced at least one form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime, with 40.3% reporting some form of expressive aggression (e.g., their partner acted angry in a way that seemed dangerous, told them they were a loser or a failure, insulted or humiliated them), or some form of coercive control (41.1%) by an intimate partner.
- Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
- One in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
- Domestic violence related police calls have been found to constitute the single largest category of calls received by police, accounting for 15 to more than 50 percent of all calls.
- Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.
- Intimate partner assault is not reported to police most often for the following reasons: “police couldn’t do anything”, “police didn’t believe me”, “wanted to protect attacker, relationship or children” and “didn’t want police or court involvement.”
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
- Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.
- The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year.
- In 2016, 105,668 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies.
- Florida is in the top 3 in the nation for sex-trafficking (especially of minors).
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