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Being Bold: Overcoming Domestic Abuse


The statistic shows that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will encounter some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime – an increasingly pervasive crime in our community that many times goes unnoticed. WZZM13 News covered this topic in a segment on ‘Being Bold’ in the West Michigan area. Ashley Ward and Director of Prevention & Education at Safe Haven Ministries share how weekly support groups for women help them to learn more about what domestic violence looks like and be around others who have experienced similar situations.

Ward, a survivor of domestic violence, shares how she was stifled in her abusive marriage and unable to be who she was as a woman. After two years, Ward took the educational steps at Safe Haven Ministries to exit that relationship. Hire For Hope was conceptualized when Ward thought: “How can I start my own business while giving back to a nonprofit that helped change my life and donate to a cause that I feel is so important in our West Michigan community?”

Finding the courage to be bold in the face of adversity, she started her own firm to give back a portion of the companies revenue to Safe Haven. Now, Ward works to encourage others to do just that and continually inspire women throughout Grand Rapids.

Watch the full video interview here!

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