I have heard too often about someone in an abusive relationship, “why don’t they just leave. Just pack up and go!” It seems like an easy concept, but the practicality of it is not easy. Once the mental hold and emotional bonds have been broken, the physical leaving can be very difficult. A moving company called Meathead Moving saw this and decided to become involved. The have partnered with the nonprofit Good Shepherd Shelter to help families affected by domestic violence move out of their dangerous situations for free.
The Meathead Moving Company was started by two brothers in 1997 as a way to make extra money while in school. It is still run mostly by student athletes, today. It has developed into a way for these students not only to earn money from Moving jobs, but a way to give back and to protect those in need.
“We know how hard it is to pack up someone’s life and move it to a new location — but it’s unimaginable to think about a woman and her children trying to pack up all their belongings and flee before the abuser returns home,” Aaron Steed, president and CEO of Meathead, told the news outlet. “I can’t think of a more powerful and impactful way to utilize our moving services than to offer free moves to victims fleeing abusive relationships and then again when it is time to move on to the next, better phase of life.”
It is partnerships like these and the individuals involved that give me hope. These men give their time and their energy, and help change lives by empowering domestic abuse survivors to take that big step. To take control of their lives and start forging a new life.
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.5
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims ofsevere physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2
- 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2
- Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2
Original Post: Cameron Keady, Huffington Post