'We want survivors of domestic violence to be able to move forward'

'We want survivors of domestic violence to be able to move forward'

EUGENE, Ore. - WomenSpace helped 2,880 people in 2013, according to results shared Wednesday at the 4th annual End the Silence breakfast.

"We've done a great job this year trying to write grants, do fundraising, to make sure we are meeting needs of our community," said Peggy Whalen, executive director of WomenSpace.

Whalen was the first speaker of the event.

She started by taking a moment of silence to honor three victims of domestic violence lost this year.

"The domestic violence homicides of these 3 incredible woman had such a profound impact on not only their family and friends," Whalen said. "It's had an impact on WomenSpace."

This year's keynote speaker was Krista Chronister, professor of counseling psychology at the University of Oregon.

Her main focus was economic empowerment: helping victims become independent of their abusers.

"We don't just save lives," Whalen said. "We want to change lives. We want survivors of domestic violence to be able to move forward and be empowered and self-sufficient and not need us anymore. That's the goal."