In this chapter, the friends of a young woman who is clearly in an abusive relationship worry about how to handle this very troubling situation. One of them, Maggie, says this:
I gave her [the young woman being abused] one of those trifold cards from Helpmate. I’d slipped it out of my purse while you all were talking. I said, ‘You take this girl. Hide it in your shoe. Read it when you’re alone.’ It’s got Helpmate’s hotline number on it, tips about stuff you want squirreled away for your escape, some questions to ask yourself about the person you’re in a relationship with. Hopefully she’ll read it … .
Helpmate is a real organization in Asheville. It serves victims of domestic violence throughout Buncombe County (of which Asheville is a part).
Here is the trifold card referred to in the chapter:
From the FJC’s website:
This whole concept of a one-stop-shop for victims of domestic violence is fantastic. I’m proud to live in a place that has a Family Justice Center. If you’d like your town or city to have one, too, start here.
I hope you enjoy reading Chapter 20: She’s being abused, and all the chapters of Ashes to Asheville. If you prefer listening to reading, download episodes of the Ashes to Asheville podcast, on iTunes here, or via its Libsyn website. And don’t forget to like the Ashes to Asheville Facebook page!