It had been a rough night. The men who were part of the perpetrators’ class had been in rare form, argumentative and rowdy.

One man in particular had escalated when challenged on his beliefs. Nothing the facilitators could say seemed to calm him down. Even the other men in class had begun to withdraw from him.

“We have to call her. Her husband left class agitated and I’m afraid for her safety. I’ll ask the advocates to call and to check with her; do some safety planning with her.”

It’s not just our duty. It’s the human thing to do.

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Written for the 100 Word Challenge: Prompt is DUTY. My work includes classes with perpetrators. We have a strict Duty to Warn when something like the above happens. It does not happen often, thankfully.

6 responses

  1. Tara R. says:

    It is difficult to imagine being that afraid of someone, especially someone you thought loved you

  2. barbara says:

    so many women live that life. It is hard to think about.

  3. Melissa says:

    I can’t even imagine what this would be like. My heart breaks for women (and I’m sure there are men living in fear, as well) who have to worry about this.

  4. Ally says:

    Sounds like a difficult class to take. Glad I don’t have to do it :) Nice 100.

    Ally

  5. Tina says:

    I wouldn’t feel right NOT calling home in that situation. Nobody likes to be blindsided, especially not by a dangerous situation.

  6. Azure says:

    Oh, this was hard to read, but it hit like a ton of bricks. My heart goes out to all those who have to live in fear, or are hurt by the ones they thought they could trust…

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