But when schools closed in March, she couldn’t go to her job as a school art therapist and the boys stayed home, watching the rage of their mom’s boyfriend build and burst.
“Because of covid, there was no escape,” she said. “And my sons saw the abuse. And the fear I saw in their eyes was the same fear I had in my eyes when I was little and put in foster care.”
Like this mom, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was scared that her abuser would find her, thousands of others saw dangerous relationships worsen when the pandemic shrank their worlds.
It was her pastor who sensed the woman’s plight and pointed her toward the House of Ruth, where she could stay in a safe house.
Since the shutdown began in March, the House of Ruth has moved 16 women, many with children, into its