“We were home all day, every day.”
Stay at home orders meant to protect people from COVID-19 further isolated and escalated tension between Jamie Wright and her husband of just a few months. The escalating tension and pressure in their house turned violent in April. Jamie was shoved, strangled and struck with a laptop by the man she just married. She fled her abuser that evening with nothing but an overnight bag, vowing never to return. A phone call to HAWC’s crisis hotline began what would be a three-month stay at HAWC’s residential facility and safe harbor hotel. Jamie’s healing journey and a life free from violence would begin.
“I was assured. I was reaffirmed. HAWC let me know I am not alone in this.”
Sadly, Jamie’s heartbreaking story of domestic violence in the wake on the ongoing pandemic is one of countless many. The Houston area has seen a surge in domestic violence cases.
This is unquestionably a very dangerous time for survivors, but there is something you can do to help.
Let survivors know you believe them. They are not alone. Help is available.
Survivor Jamie Wright story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqu6z4u2w0
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