Freedom to be free.

Freedom to be free.

Called to an apartment by neighbors who heard a loud fight and were worried about the young woman that lived in the apartment, police arrived on-scene. Inside they heard a woman screaming and pleading for help. Officers made forced entry and found Barbie cowering in a corner of the bedroom with a man, her boyfriend, standing over her. The apartment was in disarray with broken glass scattered across the bedroom. The young woman had bit bitten, punched, and kicked. The officers arrested the boyfriend for domestic battery and called a Julian Center IMPD Advocate out to help the young woman.  It turned out that the young woman had recently left her home state to move in with her boyfriend in Indianapolis. Now, she wanted to go home to be back with her mother, but she knew she didn’t have enough money for gas. And she was unsure if her mother would welcome her back. The Julian Center IMPD advocate contacted her mother and encouraged the two to talk. The call went well and the young woman was excited to return home. But concern over how she would afford to return still an issue. Thanks to the generosity of Julian Center donors, the Julian Center IMPD advocate was able to provide this young woman with gas cards that would cover the cost of her trip back home. And now this survivor is safe, back home with her mother and seeking services from a local domestic violence agency and healing.

November 8, 2017