A Letter To Abused Women
You Can Recover Too
EDITOR’S NOTE: To protect the Nova Scotia author’s safety and privacy, we have agreed to withhold her name.
I am writing this letter because I have heard two stories in the past week that have reminded me that you are out there and that you need support.
A few days ago, my mother-in-law called for advice because a friend of a friend was preparing to leave her abusive husband. The woman didn’t know how to leave safely with the things she needed for herself and her two young daughters and needed information about the transition house and the possibility of a police escort.
Then one day recently, my teenage daughter came home after volunteering in a Grade 2 classroom at her school. A little girl showed my daughter a new teddy the paramedics had given her the night before. The seven-year-old had called 911 because her mother’s fiancé was choking her mother and she couldn’t breathe.
Although my daughter was far too young to remember it, we were once in a similar situation.