WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One Wilmington woman is using her own experience to help victims of domestic violence. Paula Millsaps is the director of Joel 2 Missions, a program that provides free counseling and healing work. As a part of the program, they're hoping to house victims in long term housing to offer a next step for women in domestic violence shelters and rescues.
"When they leave the house they will be completely whole and healed and well free of the wounds that caused them to reenter the cycles of abuse and able to walk out whatever their calling is," said Millsaps.
A place to call home can keep women from returning to their abusers. "Some of these women are so used to the patterns that they're in they'll be fine for a few weeks or a few months and then they'll slip back into those cycles," Millsaps added.
It's her goal to end that pattern with a house that will provide one to five years of free housing and counseling.
Financial security is the number one reason for a victims to return to their abuse and free counseling and housing will help them in the long term.
"When they leave the house they will be completely whole and healed and free of the wounds that caused them to reenter the cycles of abuse and able to walk out whatever their calling is," stated Millsaps.
The most important thing for women in crisis is to reach out and get help.
"Make that first phone call, call the domestic violence shelter if you are in the middle of being abused call the police department, make those your first phone calls. Then if you're interested in a long term program, then call me and we'll set you up," said Millsaps.
Joel 2 Mission will be moving into a new office later this summer that will allow them to help more women. They will be holding the First Annual Heart for Homes Fundraiser on July 8 to raise money for their new home.
More information on that event can be found here.