Earlier today, my neighborhood was swarmed with police cars. It turns out there was a young lady needing to get out of a toxic relationship or marriage, and it was amazing to see the local police help her get her items into her car and leave.

And now with the pandemic, a lot of victims (physical, domestic abuse, sexual) feel stranded and alone. I’m with you, and we all are, too.

There’s still help and hope.

Take-heart


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22 comments

  1. musicislove

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    This is definitely a stressful time for victims and everyone, thank you for what you said. We’re all here with you and support you.

    Delaney

  2. Ashley Day Captain

    Jamie Marie,

    It’s a relief to hear that the police officers were able to protect and support her while she was gathering her items. In regards to victims feeling alone, it’s unnerving to know that they are stuck at home with their abusers during this time. There’s help available and hope that things can improve.

    Thank you for taking the time to share what you witnessed.

    Ashley

  3. Jess Volunteer

    Thank you for sharing the hope. It’s so difficult knowing there are people trapped in those situations right now. I appreciate knowing that someone was helped and kept safe in this time of need. Keep spreading hope. <3
    -Jess

  4. Bluebell13 Volunteer

    Dear Jamie Marie,
    Thank you for sharing this hopeful story. I have been thinking a lot about those trapped in dangerous situations at this time and it is good to hear about someone being helped and kept safe.
    Sending you love and strength,
    Roxie

  5. Starling Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Thank you for sharing this encouragement. In times like these, it can be easy to sink into negativity, so I’m sure this was the encouragement someone needed today. It’s great to hear when the police help someone in a situation like this. I’m glad that you have shared this news with us. Stay strong, and let us know if you need anything. We’re always here.

  6. dzreid Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Thanks for sharing such an encouraging post! We need to be reminded that people still care & the police are still out protecting. This is a hope in progress & shows that despite the circumstances, help is available & no one should be made to feel alone. This must of been kind of scary to witness but reassuring at the same time.
    Dawn

  7. meg Volunteer

    Jamie Marie!

    Your message has brought so much light to this dreary day. Thank you for giving us a glimmer of hope. I know how difficult and scary it must be for people that are feeling stranded and stuck. Despite the pandemic, there is always a strong community that loves and supports you. Your support is so helpful and your kindness is irreplaceable. Thank you for giving us your heart and support. Know we’re always here for you.
    —Meg

  8. sfmbelle413 Day Captain

    Hey there Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for this message of help and hope. I am all about hope during this time. I love to hear when police help out in a positive light. I hope she felt safe with them there. It can be easy to feel stranded and alone when there is social distancing, but this community is a great way to feel connected. I agree with you – I’m with you all too.

    Sending light to all,
    SFM

  9. Turnschaosintoart Day Captain

    Jamie Marie
    Wow, that must have been powerful as empowering to see. I am glad that there were people to help her. I am very worried about those who are stuck with their abuser or abusers children and adults and I just keep hoping that they will be ok. It has to be really difficult to them and probably their biggest fear coming true. It is great to see that you have such a strong and empathetic heart. I am glad you shared this. Stay safe and stay healthy

    Kristin

  10. Amysue43 Volunteer

    Thank you for bringing light to this topic that has hit our nation. You are so right in saying this pandemic may feel like a trap to those who are stuck in these unfortunate situations. Yet, the pandemic does not change the legality of these behaviors. They are still crimes and people will still respond! We are here for these people and support these people. We are with you!
    Stay strong <3

  11. tbird830 Volunteer

    Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for sharing this! It is amazing that the young lady received so much support and help in her time of need. I also really love how you touched on how isolating this pandemic can be for victims of abuse, especially those living with their perpetrators.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing. I am sure that this recognition and validation will be helpful to so many people.

    -Tori

  12. candyappleb Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    That’s so encouraging to hear that your neighbor was able to leave a bad situation. You’re right. The pandemic and quarantine/social distancing orders have put many people in dangerous situations with abusers. I think about them often myself. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Be well!

    All the best,
    Becca

  13. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    I’m happy the police were able to help your neighbor. I know this pandemic is hard for people in toxic relationships, but like you said we are all there for them. Thank you for sharing this.
    -Alyssa

  14. jcas120 Volunteer

    Hello Jamie Marie,

    That’s a powerful story. I’m glad she was able to get out of that relationship and that the police were able to help her. I agree, this pandemic will make things very difficult for victims of domestic forms of abuse. I hope that we can all support them in this difficult time and let them know that there’s still hope!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this and for such a heartwarming message.

  15. Natalie M Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for sharing this with us!! I know I needed to see some positivity in such a hard time. We are all here for each other and we can get through this together!!

    Stay strong,
    -Natalie

  16. colton95 Volunteer

    Thank God for that. Hope that lady and you are doing well and staying safe.

  17. Solongago Volunteer

    Jamie Marie, Thanks for your post. I think that we are so wrapped up in the pandemic that we can almost forget that all the real dilemmas and tragedies of life are still alive and well, and if anything are heightened by the rapid-fire changes and panic associated with the virus. The vulnerable seem more vulnerable, and feel more vulnerable. Those who tend to be socially outcast, are even more so with the social distancing. Sometimes what a person needs is a cold glass of water, or a simple touch to know that they are indeed not alone. But right now, folks don’t want to get up close and personal. Even if we reach out on social media (practicing proper social distancing), I think it is important to do so now, more than ever. If we know someone who may be struggling, giving them a call on the phone or an e-mail, or otherwise connecting with them can give both parties what they need most.

  18. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi Jamie,
    I’m glad that the lady was able to leave that toxic situation. It’s important to remember that we’re not alone and that there’s hope, especially during this tough time. Thank you so much for the reminder. We’re here for you, and we support you!

  19. Thomas Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thank you for sharing this. This is exactly the type of positivity that we need in this difficult time.

    Thomas

  20. KatherineL Volunteer

    Hi Jamie Marie,

    Thanks for posting this. So many people are faced with having to quarantine with their abuser or are feeling isolated. It’s hard for supporters also to know that people are struggling during this time. I really appreciate you sharing your support and hope.

    KatherineL

  21. Northlane1991 Volunteer

    People you are not alone. Their are people who can you go to for shelter. I know because our local sikh temples have opened the doors for people to help them during the outbreak. We are in this together and we hear you and see you!

  22. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Thank you for coming back to share. We are with you, and we are here for you.

    Erin