For years Kristi’s husband, Daniel, beat her severely. He sexually assaulted her, ripped out her hair, and during the last beating, he gagged their young child. That night, the neighbors called 911. When the police arrived, Daniel told Kristi to pretend she was asleep and threatened to kill her if she opened the door. Despite his threats, the police entered the home and arrested Daniel.
With her child’s safety in jeopardy, Kristi contacted Legal Aid for help. The Legal Aid attorney and paralegal filed for an Order of Protection and divorce on Kristi’s behalf. They also encouraged her to apply for food stamps and Medicaid to help stretch her income.
Daniel was convicted on criminal charges for the assault and sentenced to five years in prison. Kristi received sole custody of her son in her divorce, and Daniel was denied visitation rights.
Legal Aid’s representation and supportive services gave Kristi the fresh start she desperately needed but could not otherwise afford. Today, Kristi is in a healthy, supportive relationship, and she and her child live free from abuse.