Moving Company Launches Initiative To Help Victims Of Domestic Abuse

| by Jordan Smith

A California-based moving company has announced its intention to help victims of abusive relationships move house for free.

Abusive relationships can be difficult to escape. Research has shown how abusers use various techniques to isolate their victim from support networks or make them feel crazy, according to LAist.

Meathead Movers will be partnering with the domestic abuse support non-profit Good Shepherd to ensure that victims of abusive relationships can get help when they need it the most.

“We know how hard it is to pack up someone’s life and move it to a new location — but it’s unimaginable to think about a woman and her children trying to pack up all their belongings and flee before the abuser returns home,” Aaron Steed, president and CEO of Meathead, said in a statement, according to LA Weekly. “When we realized we had the resources to help provide a fresh start for these victims, we knew Good Shepherd was the perfect organization to connect us with those who need our services most.”

Meathead has agreed to donate their resources each month, and Good Shepherd will decide who requires help.

“Meathead Movers will work directly with the nonprofit to identify the abusive situations and provide moving services at no cost,” a Meathead spokeswoman added. “Not only do these services help the victims of domestic abuse but they directly impact Meathead employees — consisting of predominantly young men who believe that real men don’t hit women, real men help those in need.”

According to Good Shepherd’s Kathleen Buczko, Meathead Movers will help move victims’ belongings from transitional shelters to new accommodations, LAist reported.

In other cases, Meathead Movers will visit homes where men or women are living in abusive relationships to help them relocate to a shelter.

Meathead has offices throughout southern and central California. Individuals seeking to benefit from the service have been asked to contact Good Shepherd so that their living situation can be assessed.

Sources: LA Weekly, LAist

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