Friday May 25 2012
Local woman says finding help for abused woman was difficult
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
PEACE for Families says to always call 24-hour crisis line
?We?re too busy.? That?s the response one Colfax woman says she got from two local agencies when she tried to find help for an abused young woman she had just met. Barbara Reynolds, of Colfax, said she came in contact with a young, homeless woman who had been badly abused. After giving her some clean clothes to replace hers that were soiled with blood, washing her wounds and giving moral support, Reynolds said she tried to help the woman find a shelter to get away from her abuser. At one Auburn shelter, Reynolds said she was told they were full. When she was given the address for a PEACE for Families office down the street she says she was told by office workers of Community Recovery Resources, a program that co-locates in the building with PEACE that they were too busy. However, representatives say a 24-hour crisis line is always available to help. Frustrated and feeling slighted, Reynolds said the young woman asked to be taken back to her campsite. Reynolds agreed to take her there after she received medical attention at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. She said hospital staff were the only ones at any of the organizations she visited to help the young woman and show concern for her. She said the number she was given there for help was to the office she had just come from and not received help. ?She was so frustrated and crying she said, ?Nobody seems to care. I?ll try to deal with him,?? Reynolds said. ?We would have taken her other places if they had given us an option, but they didn?t.? Although she felt apprehensive about leaving her, Reynolds said the woman insisted she would be fine at her campsite with her abuser. The next day when Reynolds went to go check on her the couple was gone was from the campsite. PEACE for Families officials say they currently co-locate their Auburn office with Community Recovery Resources, who typically shares information about PEACE?s 24-hour crisis line with victims that come into the office. Michelle Colman, executive director for PEACE for Families, said the organization takes each case very seriously because it is often a matter of life and death and has not had any complaints in the time they have co-located with Community Recovery Resources. In July, Colman said PEACE for Families plans to open its own office in Auburn. Community Recovery Resources officials had not commented on the story by press time. The receptionist in the office declined to comment on the incident for the article. ?CORR has been a supportive partner and they do what they can to provide the information for survivors when we are not there,? Colman said. ?Knowing the people who work there, in many times in the past they have given people the information and people have gotten in touch with us.? She said her No. 1 concern is that people know PEACE for Families is always there for victims of abuse. Calling the 24-hour crisis line is the best way to find help, she added. ?If you can?t find a place, the crisis line will always be able to tell you where to go at that moment,? Colman said. ?If you feel slighted or unheard, if you call any of the offices and ask for the executive director I will find out what is going on.? Reach Sara Seyydin at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.