When little girls play with their dolls, they never dream of being abused while pregnant or bringing their newborns home from the hospital into a potentially lethal environment. And yet, for many women, that is precisely what life looks like for them.
: about truelove homes :
Truelove Homes is an online platform that educates, empowers, and encourages enslaved victims of domestic violence as well as the public on how to appropriately assist them. Although any person processing the perils of intimate partner abuse can benefit from this site, we focus on pregnant women, who are at exceptionally high risk when in abusive relationships. Advocates are well-aware that abuse often doesn’t manifest until the woman is pregnant or it escalates during the pregnancy. Moreover, in recent studies, homicide by an intimate partner is the number one cause of death for pregnant women.
Each victim knows their specific scenario best, is responsible for themselves and will need to decide for themselves if, when, and how to make their customized exodus. Likewise, pregnant victims will need to explore their options regarding terminating the pregnancy (where legal to do so), making an adoption plan (in the event the birthfather is known and cooperates), or navigating single-parenting, or co-parenting with the batterer. We cannot tell you what to do, rather, we will provide informational tools on this platform so YOU can decide for yourself what is best in your specific circumstances. You are the expert of your life.
To help educate, empower, and encourage victims and the curious, this platform provides free of charge:
- online self-paced courses
- online articles / blogs
- downloadable safety plans
- downloadable letters to customize and send to your local lawmakers to advocate for victim’s rights – including pregnant victim’s rights (coming soon)
- perspectives from anonymous victims and advocates
: about our founder :
The founder of Truelove Homes, Carrie Turner (formerly Carrie Truelove), is passionate about educating others on how to best help the abused as she too found herself in an abusive relationship while pregnant. Meanwhile, those closest to her did not know how to appropriately help her through such a perilous time. Many years later, in 2011 Carrie became trained and certified in leading faith-based support groups for domestic violence victims. In 2013, she became a state-certified domestic violence advocate and also founded Truelove Homes. Shortly thereafter, Carrie opened her heart and home by housing pregnant survivors of abuse. Today, she educates the willing on how to love those hurting and trapped in the often perpetual cycle of domestic abuse and is passionate about educating and empowering pregnant victims of intimate partner abuse to explore their options and potentially execute a well-thought-out exit strategy.
To learn more about domestic violence and how it impacts victims, we invite you to browse the site or reach out to us via email.