Jun. 14th, 2011

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This is a friend of a friend of a friend sort of thing. I'm planning to donate books to the fundraising auction. 

Unfortunately, it's all too common for abuse victims to be hosed by the system that's supposed to protect them. And for a woman without independent means to pay for a shark lawyer to protect her interests--forget about it. My hope in this case is that the mighty powers of the Internet can help this woman to locate and hire said shark. 
 
The Internet is perhaps the best single thing that's ever happened in the fight against domestic violence. Batterers rely on secrecy, on fear, on making certain that nobody outside the front doors will believe their victims even if those victims try to reach out for help. But with messages like this one going viral on the Internet, that precious secrecy can be blown to bits in a matter of hours. Suddenly, strangers from around the country and even the world know the story and offer assistance that the victim didn't expect and the abuser counted on her not receiving. 
 
Let's make sure that this one abuser does not get the chance to destroy the life of a child. 
 
Thank you. --Liz

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

Edit, Tuesday afternoon: Huge, huge thanks to everyone who has signal-boosted, offered resources, emailed me, and otherwise been willing to help. Our friend is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Amy and I are driving over to New York tomorrow afternoon so we can provide support in person, and we are working on plans to help our friend and her daughter get back on their feet once the custody case is over.

(If you would be interested in donating an item or service to a fundraising auction in the near future, please let me know. Our friend is a talented artist and a wonderful mother to a beautiful little girl who deserves a safe home, and it wouldn't take much to make a huge difference in their lives.)

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