Navigating Abuse

My inaugural blog post here was going to be an introduction to my life as a mom who is disabled and sometimes works, sometimes can’t, and who sometimes has a funny story to share about trying to chase small children from a wheelchair. But something is weighing on my heart, and I think it’s worth talking about. Baby Aaden lost his life last week, allegedly at the hands of his suicidal father, after his mother attempted and failed to get a protective order renewed for herself and her baby in the Middletown court system. We will never know if that renewal would have saved Baby Aaden, and I have no doubt that the judge involved in his case is heartbroken. This tragedy strikes close to home, and makes me think “there but for the grace of the heavens go I.” A close family member of mine went through a similar experience, in the same courtroom, and I vividly remember how daunting it was for her to navigate that process as a young parent who was in fear of her life and those of her children. The first hurdle was retaining a lawyer. Like many of us, she had never needed a lawyer before. Finding a good lawyer was daunting. She wasn’t sure she needed one. After all, she had facts on her side — and no resources. It’s hard...

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