Over those 5 days, Ashleigh and I called her local crisis center and her DA Advocate. We arranged to get her into a shelter where she thought he would be less likely to find her. I believe he still would have found her. What was needed was a place totally off the radar. A place where she could hide and have her baby in total safety. Ashleigh needed to become INVISIBLE!
Since Ashleigh and my unborn granddaughter, Patience, death I have talked to an unbelievable amount of women in the same situation. They have no hope of being free other than death itself because they need to be INVISIBLE! That is why the Invisible Village Project is so important to support. No woman should feel the fear Ashleigh experienced the final days of her life. I feel it is important to remove the misconception that a woman being abused can just leave and that makes her safe or that friends/family can protect them from their abuser. We as a community can help by supporting such places. Death is too final a way to become invisible!
Shared by Tara Woodlee, mother of Ashleigh Lindsey who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend on July 13, 2012. ~ R.I.P. Ashleigh Marie Lindsey
I Will Stand International
Created in memory of Ashleigh Lindsey........................... The Invisible Village is our solution to the growing problem of a lack of beds in shelters around the US for women in desperate, violent, and abusive situations. This underground network of private homes offers safe and hidden shelter for women whose lives are in danger until space becomes available within organizations equipped to help women re-establish their lives. For more information visit I Will Stand International at their website.