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My internship placement is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive range of programs to address and end intimate partner violence. During the week I split my time between two locations; the main building in downtown Boston, and at an 18-month long transitional living program for young women (ages 15-21) who are either pregnant or parenting. The transitional living program, that I will refer to as ABC, is a house that can accommodate up to 8 moms and 13 children at any given time. The majority of the young women who are currently guests of ABC have been living there for at least 6-8 months, if not longer. Only 2 of the 8 women have moved in within the last 6 months.
While acknowledging that each young lady has come to ABC due to her own unique circumstance, with her own narrative, at the same time I also recognize that there are common threads, both from the past and present, that begin to weave these young women’s lives together. Therefore, instead of talking about a single individual from the house, for the purpose of this paper I am going to consider the young wo…