HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Nancy Archuleta knows, too well, the physical and emotional pain of domestic abuse.
“It was very difficult because I was in that turmoil that says you stay in the marriage for the children,” recalled Archuleta.
But one day, everything became clear.
“I came home and I found my son beaten, I realized at that point that there is no such thing as staying in a relationship for the children.”
On Thursday, Archuleta, along with Crisis Services of North Alabama, celebrated the grand opening of Nancy’s Place, a transitional home for victims of domestic violence.
The home is named after Archuleta, and another Nancy.
Tim Travis lost his sister after she suffered years of domestic abuse. When his mother, Nancy, passed, she wanted to do something in her daughter’s honor.
“She passed last year and part of her trust was to go to the Crisis Center to help women, because she felt like she could never help my sister,” said Travis. “Now she could help someone else.”
Nancy’s House was only possible because of the donations of both parties, in the hope more women will be able to escape the cycle of abuse.
“You don`t stay in a relationship because you love someone, the reality is you stay in a relationship because you don`t love yourself enough,” said Archuleta.
Over the years, Archuleta has found her peace and worth. Now, because of donations from Archuleta and Travis’ mother, victims of domestic abuse will have a place to find their own peace and worth, at Nancy’s House.
“As long as you’re feeling worthless or felling that your life has to be entwined with someone else that’s an awful trap to get out of. So you’re fighting two things. You’re fighting the individual who’s making you feel worthless with your own sense of inability to do something. So you just stay because you don’t see an answer,” said Archuleta. “And that’s’ why places like this are so important. Because you have time to see, you have time to think, and feel.”
The women will pay rent to stay at Nancy’s House, however the money will be put aside and given back to them when they leave the home, to help with the with the costs of moving.