Supporting domestic violence survivors

ALBERT LEA, Minn.- A presentation was held Thursday to help victims of domestic violence.

Lora Matz is speaking to caregivers and survivors of domestic violence. During her three hour presentation, she’ll go over topics like the importance of caring for yourself and how a strong relationship with a family member can help victims through trauma.

“I hope survivors leave with a belief that no matter how much trauma they’ve suffered that they can overcome it,” said Matz.

Matz is a survivor herself. So she knows firsthand the importance of having a supportive environment.

“I wouldn’t be here today as a professional or probably even alive if it wasn’t for some pretty profound interactions with people who were there for me as kid and young adults,” said Matz.

The Freeborn County Crime Victims Crisis Center is hosting the event after some staff went to one of Lora’s presentations in the Twin Cities.

“I was impressed with her depth and understanding with the complicated issues with people who have been through and survived trauma,” said Andrea Mauer, Crime Victims Crisis Center.

Mauer believes having not just survivors, but caregivers in attendance as well will help survivors leave their abusive relationship in the past.

“If they see signs or recognize signs of domestic violence then they can be that person that makes a connection with them and finds the resources and be able to look for things for them to become healthy,” said Mauer.

“This is what someone who’s gone through trauma really needs. This is how you change a life,” said Matz.

Freeborn County Crime Victims Crisis Center’s number is 507-377-5460.


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