Children can be hidden victims of domestic violence. Even if they are not directly injured, it doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer emotional abuse and fear by bearing witness.

The emotional pain doesn’t go away when the family is free of the abuser and has moved from a shelter into a Safe Places home. There is no quick fix for that.

But there is a way to ease their suffering of being uprooted – a stuffed animal.

For children who may not have had a smile on their face in weeks, perhaps even months, the joy they express upon receiving new stuffed animal is obvious.

Recently, a Safe Places supporter showed up at our offices at 8301 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia, 22309 with plastic bags filled with dozens of all types of stuffed animals she wanted to donate to children to spread that joy to many others.