This young woman confided that she had been living under her boyfriend’s abusive and controlling behavior for a long time.
I visit Denise, a 21 year old mother and her 3month old son. They live with the baby’s father but he is never home when I visit. When I met this mom I knew that she was unmarried, unemployed and had a history of depression – these were the circumstances that qualified her for our home visiting program. Soon after our first home visit this young woman confided that she had been living under her boyfriend’s abusive and controlling behavior for a long time. There was no food in the house; she had no key to the apartment, and no telephone of her own. Her partner had a cell phone but he would not leave it with her. He had taken her debit card. There were times that she left the house and he locked her out, leaving her to wait outside until he decided to let her in. She had been completely cut off from her friends and family and found in me someone she could confide in about her situation.