A while back I began a series of short stories I wrote and filed under “The Write Stuff” https://rubycantu.wordpress.com/category/the-write-stuff/ these are/were based on my own personal experiences as well as others from when I worked in a Domestic Violence shelter and answered the hotline and helped battered women escape their abusive situations. When I started this project I really had no idea what the impact would be on my readers, I have a faithful reader who shared my stories with a friend of hers that was going through a horrific situation. She simply asked her friend to read them in hopes that she would recognize herself in these stories, and it worked. Through private emails we chatted for a while and finally she worked up the courage to call me and tell me her story, she wants me to write her story and it is something I am working on. She isn’t ready to see it on a screen yet and I am sure the story isn’t finished yet. But she took the first step and contacted the National Domestic Violence Hotline. http://www.ndvh.org/
Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
We have since had a series of calls between us and shared tears as well as laughter and she now has hope, the most powerful thing she has told me or that anyone has ever told me is that she now has hope. That I gave her hope. That sends chills down my spine, I wasn’t looking to have that powerful of an impact on anyone but it is life changing in a way to know that because of me she has made the decision to seek help and hope.
This has made me consider the idea of perhaps returning to this type of work once I am released to enter the work force. The only thing about that is that on a local level I may not be able to do it, I would have to look into who is running our local facility. One of the reasons that I left it before was due to the politics of the staff and an entanglement I found myself involved in that sucked the life out of me. But I am older and somewhat wiser now…..I think…lol.