A car door slammed. My husband rose quickly and went to look out the kitchen window. Not sure who held the two flashlights, he shouted “Who’s there? Identify yourself.”
“County Sheriff officers,” the reply came.
I opened the front door (as my husband went to put up his gun). Rusty ran through the door and down the walk towards the officer who quickly went back out the gate. “He’s friendly,” I called.
“Do you know YN?”
“Yes, she lives across the street.”
“We received a call saying her boyfriend had beaten her up and she has a head injury. We can’t get anyone to answer the door.”
By this time my husband had reappeared. “Give me a minute to get some shoes and go over with you.”
“Do you know your neighbor well,” the office asked as we waited for my husband to dress.
“Only well enough to say hello. Wave as we pass. She recently told us about having a restraining order on her boyfriend. He’s not suppose to come around. She asked us to keep an eye out.”
The office speaks into his walkie-talkie, “There’s a restraining order. We’re in the correct place. Headed back with the neighbor to look again.”
My husband comes back out the door and heads over with the officers. I head back inside. The clock says 3:35 am.
When he returns, he tells me they got no answer. Her car isn’t there either. She had called for help using her cell phone, but had not given a location. Returns calls from the sheriff’s office all were going to voice mail.
We tried to get back to sleep, hoping they would find her.
AARDVARC.org stands for “An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection” and has a list of numbers by county in the state of Arkansas for help.
In Pulaski County:
Another source for Arkansas Shelters is Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
If you are in danger:
Your local hotline or
U.S. hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: