Keisha and her son were living in Texas when her partner started abusing her. She went to the police, but they said they couldn’t help her and told her she should go somewhere he wouldn’t be able to find her. She marshaled her courage and fled with her son California, and was granted a restraining order and sole custody. But one day Keisha went to pick up her son from school, and he was missing.
Her abuser had taken him to Nevada. He kept the boy in walls and crawl spaces, didn’t take him to school, and didn’t allow him to speak to Keisha.
Keisha went through a long legal battle and involved the authorities to get her son back from Nevada. Every good thing that happened in court, he appealed. Keisha was in court so often, she lost her job. Finally, Keisha found FVAP.
FVAP represented Keisha and won her appeal, which says the trial court was right to grant Keisha a restraining order and give her full custody of her son. Now, Keisha and her son are together and are safer. Her case set legal precedent and will make a difference for many other abuse survivors.