How can I help?
September 13, 2010 12:48 PM Subscribe
My godson's mother just got into an unspecified altercation with her brother about elder-care. It led to her brother (who happens to be a Police Officer in a major metropolitan US city) beating her up pretty severely. What can I do to support her?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (13 answers total)
I found out about this through my partner who called me, so while we are close with our godson's mother, we weren't there for the fight, didn't witness anything and would at best be character witnesses for her. She is on her way to the hospital now, so medical care is probably taken care of, though she may need help paying for it.
Our godson's mother already has a lot of people who are willing to help her, who are in fact helping her and who are closer to the situation and closer to the direct abilities to give her the immediate help she needs (like domestic violence shelter administrators, etc.).
My first impulses (which are confrontational and dominant - like calling his boss or confronting him directly) are obviously flawed and stupid, but what can I do instead that would be more helpful and really serve just her?
I'd like to focus, if possible, on things I can do to help her work out the legal ramifications and processes (she does plan to file charges) of all of this, though I know I can and am willing to help out with the giving comfort side of things as well.
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