Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded just how important it is to be there for one another. The basic needs and rights for us all to be free from harm, to be respected, and to create and pursue our own goals become clearer in a crisis.
We are grateful to be part of such a caring community. The generosity and support that we receive is important. We are always touched that so many people care about the survivors we serve and help connect us to people in need.
Recently, a local community partner reached out to VPC staff looking for help for a family friend, Tina*. Neither Tina nor her friend knew what their next steps should be and wanted guidance. Tina's husband had been on a drinking binge and threatened to beat and kill her. To keep herself safe, she frequently had to lock herself in a bedroom until he passed out. She was terrified and tired of living like this. She wanted out but was scared of what he might do if she filed for divorce.
A legal advocate was able to explain her rights and helped her file for an order of protection. Thanks to her friend, the legal advocate, and our supporters all for being there for one another, Tina was granted an Emergency Order of Protection and is safe today. While Tina's story doesn't end here, she will need to work on healing and staying safe, she now knows people are there for her.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestics violence reach out for help.
Violence Prevention Center's 24-hour Hotline - 618-236-2531
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233