She didn’t have shoes on, her purse, money, her phone. She had nothing. She had her baby. These neighbors were their friends who they tailgate with every year. Her neighbor opened the door and Sima said, I’m scared of my husband.
The neighbor welcomed her in and she told her everything that had happened and she proceeded to take their whole family into the basement. They didn’t know what was going on or what Sima’s abuser was capable of. Without her phone, her neighbor was able to contact her abuser’s mother, who basically said that that was between her and her husband.
She couldn’t call her family because during their relationship, her abuser cut off all her ties with her family and friends, leaving her feeling like she has no one.
Sima and her son stayed the night at the neighbors. That morning, sitting on the floor of her neighbor’s son’s bedroom, she called her mom, crying.
Her mom came over with a police officer to go back to the house to pick up her belongs. She knew you are able to contact a police escort to supervise a potentially unsafe situation.
Standing at the front of her door was Sima, her mom, the police officer and her neighbor’s husband knocking.
The abuser opened the door and he looked angry. Until he realized who was standing in front of him, then his face changed drastically.
They started to try to pack up her things, but everything she owned was in piles on the floor.
She grabbed a few suitcases and put everything in it. She grabbed Nile’s things and all of her belongings. She went back to the neighbors.
Sima didn’t have a car to go anywhere or even back to work. Her neighbors were so kind and invited her to stay with them so she could sort things out.
The officer then had to take a report on why he were there and why he had to chaperone. Sima told her story and he said, “This is domestic violence.”
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