I don’t know how I’ve missed this site up until now.
Ten or so years ago I tried to leave JC, I called the police, I reached out looking for emotional and financial support and protection from a man I feared could kill me. I felt like I continually ran into brick walls, to describe it as unsympathetic would be generous on my part; I felt more like the brunt of a private joke and an inconvenience to social services and the police. I found the people I dealt with to be condescending and dismissive, often talking to me like I was lacking the brains to understand the process.
” No I do not understand why you are telling me there is a 6 week waiting period for social assistance when I just told you I just took my abusive husband’s truck to escape him and come to you for help”
“No I don’t understand why you don’t know if there are resources for abused women”
“No I don’t care that its your coffee break; did you hear me? I can’t go back and have no where to go”.
“No I will not settle down”
Yes I understand, it isn’t your problem but I don’t understand why you don’t make it your problem; you are a woman”.
“I don’t understand how I can be ambushed by my abusive ex and when the police get here they talk to him first and tell me to not start anything!”
“I don’t understand how a police officer can laugh and joke with the abuser; does he not have a sister, mother, daughter?”
“I don’t understand why when I called the Domestic Abuse Hotline listed in the phone book I was told that due to government cutbacks there is no room at any shelters and no one who can come and talk to me.”
After awhile a person just gives up, I am just so grateful I didn’t have children to protect.
I cry thinking about the injustices against women and children for decades!! No help, no options, blamed and shamed into silence.
Well no more, women all over the world are standing up and speaking out.
You may feel you are “just” one voice; but there is a rumbling coming from every corner of the world.
When thousands of people use their voice to speak out about an injustice all those voices can be deafening and the powers that be must acknowledge and address the problem.
Never stop speaking out against domestic violence.
Posted by Carrie Reimer the Lady WithaTruck