40 Stories for 40 Years: Erika Kiser

by Emily Roberts | Mar 14, 2018

Erika Kiser was a victim of domestic violence and didn’t even know it. Her husband was addicted to heroin and had just lost his job when they got into an argument that led to a physical altercation. When she called the police, they arrested her.

“When I came to The Family Place I was broken and felt like I was beyond repair,” Erika says. “I honestly don’t remember how I got The Family Place … I’m just glad I did.”

Erika attended both group and one-on-one counseling sessions. In group she learned that she wasn’t alone. Other women were going through the same things. Although she fought her one-on-one counselor on almost every task she was given, she says it was exactly what she needed. Her two children also received counseling at The Family Place. They didn’t see the physical violence, but Erika says they were just as emotionally abused as she was, and counseling helped them understand what was happening.

Her husband later died, and, even though he had abused her, his death affected her greatly. She considered committing suicide but knew her children needed her.

Today, Erika is the campus registrar at Alex W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy. She has also been a client board member representing The Family Place with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas for almost three years. 

“It’s hard to imagine where my kids and I would be if it hadn’t been for The Family Place. The Family Place saved my life and my sanity.” Erika says. “I’m truly thankful to God for The Family Place, and I love every single minute of my life now."