After more than twenty years of abuse, Mrs. Thomas courageously left the marriage. Enraged, the abusive spouse took the couple's four youngest children and would not let their mother see them for an entire year.
Mrs. Thomas turned to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation for help. With legal representation, she obtained a divorce and permanently separated from her abusive spouse. She was also able to regain custody of their children.
Mrs. Thomas and the children have since moved out of state and have started new violence-free lives.
*Names have been changed