AN abused woman has been saved from her allegedly violent husband after she wrote a secret “help” message on a bank receipt.
The unnamed 27-year-old was at a bank branch in Sobradinho, western Brazil, making a withdrawal last week when she handed staff the note.
Her handwritten message read: “Can you help me? Domestic violence. He’s outside.”
The woman was able to write the note because her husband was forced to wait outside due to the ongoing Covid restrictions allowing only one person inside the bank at a time.
An unnamed employee, 40, gave the terrified lady another piece of paper on which to write her address.
On the scrap of paper she insisted that if police knocked at her door and there was no answer, that they continue to try and enter the property.
Cops went to the victim’s property where she was kept in false imprisonment the following day and took her to a shelter. Her husband was not at home at the time.
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The employee revealed he found it difficult to get the police to take the case seriously when he originally went to report the incident.
He said he only managed to get the officers to take action through a friend who knew a cop. He told local media: “There is a lot of bureaucracy and a lack of empathy.”
It is not known if the allegedly abusive husband has been traced down or if an arrest warrant has been issued.
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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
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