Mudcat Café message #515542 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37057   Message #515542
Posted By: GUEST,A Concerned Friend
26-Jul-01 - 10:39 PM
Thread Name: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
Subject: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
Sorry to post a non-music thread, and sorry to post as a GUEST when I really am a member-- Can't think of a group of people who I trust more for direction than you all here, but I don't want to risk endangering the person I am concerned about--

So--a woman that I work with on an ongoing basis, and have come to respect and care about,came to a meeting about four months ago with a lot more make up on than usual--in the light I could tell that she had a black eye, and some small cuts on other parts of her face--She nearly broke into tears several times, and when we asked (another woman, who had been in an abusive relationship was also there) she assured us that she was fine--since then, more black eyes, and other bruises. The three of us have had lunch a few times, gone shopping--but she doesn't say a word, and seems to know when we are about to say something and withdraws--

I don't know what do do, what to say, etc. A few years back, worked with, and became friends with another woman who had trouble with her husband--one night he nearly killed her, and my spouse and I arranged to get her into a shelter and get a restraining order--they got back together, and neither of them has ever spoken to us again--

So please, share what you can--I am so afraid for her, I dread seeing her on Mondays, because am afraid of what may have happened over the weekend--