Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence

11.10.17
Leslie Morgan Steiner: Thank You to the Police Who Helped Me Leave My Abusive Husband

Giving thanks with Leslie Morgan Steiner and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross

11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

750 Race Street (Police Headquarters), Room 314

"For over 20 years, I've wanted to thank the two police officers who responded when I finally called for help after a particularly vicious beating by my husband. Before that night, I'd hidden the abuse to protect my husband, and because I hoped we could save our marriage. I didn't think anyone could understand how crazy it felt to be trapped in an abusive relationship. Those police officers, whose names I still don't know, understood what I was experiencing. They helped make that night the last time he assaulted me. Intervening in an abusive relationship can be dangerous, challenging work for police, advocates, family and friends. But victims usually can't leave without community intervention and support. Police who know what to say and how to help a victim reeling from abuse are invaluable. Thank you to all the police officers who respond to 911 calls from abuse victims. Your work matters. Your work saved my life."