Ramona’s Way emphasizes domestic violence and substance abuse as a political, social and cultural condition, one which crosses all racial, age, gender, and economic lines. We are honored to provide services to those striving to regain control of their lives.
Ramona’s Way provides holistic services for women who abuse substances and who are also survivors of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. We are one of the few organizations in the nation’s capital to address the correlation between abuse and addiction. Through crisis intervention, counseling, and referral services, we empower more than 200 women each year with the information and support they need to move from trauma to recovery and to take control of their lives.
Ramona’s Way was inspired by the life of Ramona, a domestic violence survivor, who was chemically dependent and unable to flee an abusive relationship for 18 years. Due to lack of services, she and her children were trapped in a physically and sexually violent situation. Unfortunately, women in these circumstances are often blamed for the violence that is inflicted upon them and their options are limited. Ramona’s daughter, a childhood survivor, social worker, and domestic violence advocate founded Ramona’s Way to provide options for battered women like her mother.
Ramona’s daughter, Ali-Sha Alleman, continues to remain committed to Ramona’s Way's mission of inspiring women who struggle with domestic violence and substance abuse.
Jacqueline King assumed the role of Executive Director in 2008. In this role, she maintains oversight of the organization, and direct services along with providing leadership, community engagement, tactical implementation for strategy development and programmatic growth.
Jacqueline has been a champion for the empowerment of women throughout her 15-year career. Being passionate about the epic effects of domestic violence and substance abuse, she has worked tirelessly with women through their life-changing experiences in order to find real solutions to the unique issues they face. Jacqueline is convinced that there is an enormous potential for women to come to the belief that there is a strength inside of them that is superior to their circumstances.
The intersection between domestic violence and substance abuse crosses all social economic, ethic, racial, educational, age and religous lines.
Abused women are 15 times more likely to turn to alcohol and 9 times more likely to turn to drugs than those who have not been victims of domestic violence. Men are 8 times more likley to batter on a day of which the have been using
For twenty years I was addicted to drugs. My addiction has led me to become homeless, sometimes sleeping at bus stops. I had many relationships where I was physical, sexually and emotionally abused. Using drugs led to me putting myself at risk by getting into dangerous situations that could have cost me my life.
The men that abused me also kept me in my addiction. In 2005, I was raped and physically assaulted by my ex-husband. Fearing for my life I took out an order of protection which was the first time that I became acquainted with Ramona’s Way. At Ramona’s Way, I was given non-judgmental counseling and support. They helped me in many ways to try to get back on my feet. My addiction, however, led me away from the information and advice that I was given. Though still in my addiction I continued to come back, and the counselors continued to support me by educating me and giving me information that addressed the addiction and domestic violence which I was still suffering at the hands of an abuser.
After five years of being supported by Ramona’s Way, I finally realized that a change in my life was possible. I’m blessed to be here drug and abuse free!
Through Ramona’s Way services and referrals, I have been able to recover from addiction and abuse. While I’m grateful for the strides that I’ve made, I realize that recovery from domestic violence and addiction wasn’t a quick fix. It took me years for me to be where I am today. Ramona’s way didn’t give up on me when I’d given up on myself.
Instead, I was able to "rise up" and become the woman I am today.