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  • She approached us. Pleasantries first. Her face screwed up and tried a simple smile. I asked about her. How are you? She released tears. Painful. She was moving away. Are you happy to move? No answer. She asked if I wanted to share a glass of wine. We went inside. She started crying again. He's been hitting me. Who? My boyfriend. Are you in danger? No answer. I'm here. You're safe in here. Let me take you to a shelter. No. Why? They will make me press charges. But it's safe. You need to be safe. I took her to my friend's home. A good friend. Strong woman. She stayed there last night. Called me this morning. Wants to come back to get some things. She's lying I think. She wants to go back because she's afraid of running far. He will hurt her again. Mentally, physically, emotionally. I know. I can't control it. Let me see him hurt her. I have a weapon. A phone. A number. People in uniform. People who know how to help. Stay strong. Both of us. Don't be afraid. Don't ever let them smell fear. He's the coward.
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