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Note: This post contains mentions of domestic abuse.
The Netflix series Maid follows the journey of young mother Alex after she leaves her abusive partner. Alex gets a job cleaning houses and signs up for various public assistance programs to provide for her and her little daughter, Maddy.
Here are five scenes from Maid that showed what living on public assistance in America is like:
1.Alex’s EBT card doesn’t cover all the groceries she needs to buy.
2.Despite using grants, Alex still has trouble accessing the childcare that she needs so she can work.
3.Alex's friend Danielle leaves the domestic violence shelter to return to her abusive partner.
4.Alex has trouble finding an apartment even with rental assistance.
5.Like Danielle, Alex also has trouble leaving her abusive partner.
Luckily for Alex, she’s able to escape her circumstances and attend college with Maddy in tow.
In real life, Land moved to Missoula, Montana, graduated from college, and has made a career out of her passion for writing.
If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship abuse in any form, help is available. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides free, confidential support 24/7/365. Text START to 88788, call 1-800-799-SAFE(7233), or chat online at TheHotline.org.
How do you relate to the situations shown in Maid? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.
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