It took me a while to do it, but I finally called the police on my husband, who was beating me. He stopped supporting us, and I went on welfare to support my three-year-old son and me. But it wasn't enough to make the rent, and we were evicted. I was homeless, and my husband used that to his advantage and gained custody of our son. Thanks to SVCLS, an attorney helped me find temporary housing, and I got into a job-training program. The lawyer helped me regain primary custody of my son. I am employed and my son and I live in our own apartment, thanks to that lawyer. ~ Norma