Relocating following a breakup with an abusive partner is fraught with danger and challenges: from the very real danger of serious bodily harm or death to simply finding affordable housing that is also safe.
Another unexpected challenge often faced by survivors (and consequently their children) is the actual cost of moving. It's not unusual for a survivor to have limited resources when leaving -- including friends, vehicles, furniture, and of course, money.
But for survivors in some areas of California, a company called Meathead Movers has come to the rescue. Founded in 1997 by college athletes and originally located in the general LA area, the company began helping DV survivors (or survivors of intimate partner abuse -- IPV) move for free in 1999.
Since then, the company has expanded services to IPV and DV survivors to the greater LA area and now Fresno. According to their website, www.meatheadmovers.com, the company generally serves the following counties: Fresno and the Central Valley; Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and the San Fernando Valley.
It is heartwarming to see companies teaming together with local DV agencies and shelters to provide free services to aid families escaping violence. We could use more companies like this and when possible, we should be supporting companies who so generously donate time and services for victims and families in need.
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