Ashley had just been sexually assaulted by her partner, Rich. In the early hours of the morning, she decided it was time to take immediate steps for her own well-being and the safety of her 8-year-old daughter, Ava.
She came to the Crisis Center.
Ashley chose to receive the forensic examination and started working with Lucia, a victim advocate at the Crisis Center. She knew her decision to seek help signaled the end of her relationship with Rich and an uncertain future.
Lucia helped her find her way. The first thing Lucia did was work with Ashley to create an in-depth safety plan to address the immediate concern of Ashley’s residence. Ashley was still residing with Rich in their shared home. Rich knew that Ashley would end the relationship after the sexual assault and she would likely report the crime. In retaliation, he lied to authorities and filed for an injunction against her. The injunction forced Ashley to leave the shared residence.
In addition to her sexual assault trauma, Ashley was now on the verge of homelessness. Lucia worked alongside the family’s assigned Hillsborough County Child Protection Team caseworker to address the family’s need for housing. Both Lucia and the caseworker advocated for Ashley with additional organizations and were able to find her and Ava temporary housing. Lucia then worked with Ashley to apply for crime victim compensation relocation assistance.
Thanks to Lucia’s support, Ashley and her daughter have been able to safely start a new life away from Rich.