This Moving Company Will Help You Leave An Abusive Partner For Free

Photographed by Mindy Best.
There are dozens of reasons a person may find it difficult to leave an abusive relationship. Denial, finances, isolation, and fear can all play roles, and the dynamic between the couple isn't always what you'd expect. But, what if it were just a little easier to move out of an abusive situation?

California-based moving company Meathead Movers provides just that. Since 1999, they've offered cost-free moving services to help people experiencing intimate partner abuse to leave their relationship quickly and safely. (They just added L.A. to their territory.)

The backstory for Meathead Movers might not be what you'd expect. Two teenage brothers, Aaron and Evan Steed, played a lot of sports and started the company as a way to make money in the off-season. Soon enough, they became the go-to movers in their California town of San Luis Obispo. That's when the calls started rolling in from people experiencing abuse.

"Women would call upset and desperate to get themselves and their kids out of abusive situations," explained Erin Steed, corporate controller of Meathead Movers (and Aaron's wife). "The victims are often cut off from the finances. They would offer TVs, or anything else they had, to pay for the move."

The boys were quick to respond, and never accepting payment from people in this type of situation. One day, a move became violent when an abuser came home early, and the brothers realized they needed expert assistance to continue to help where they could.

Today, Meathead Movers services regions from California's Central Coast all the way to San Diego, and with every new expansion, they partner with a domestic violence shelter to best assist victims. In L.A., they work with Good Shepherd Shelter to identify and move victims — accompanied by police — to temporary housing that's provided by the shelter.

"Some people think only doctors or lawyers can help those in need, but everyone has something to offer," Steed says. "For us, it was a no-brainer; if there's something we can do, we're going to do it!"
Advertisement

More from Los Angeles

This story was originally published on April 14, 2015. Ladies with slightly messy waves are everywhere you turn in this city. It makes sense; it's a ...
Autumn may not be in the air quite yet in Los Angeles, but our stacked roster of in-demand red carpet makeup artists is already thinking about fall beauty...
Seeing as L.A. has no shortage of quality shopping, it should come as no surprise that the thrift scene is equally on-point. To make your life a little ...
Ashley Greene spends a whole lot of time on the road. But, after weeks-long stretches of living out of a suitcase and squeezing in visits to the "must...
Los Angeles is a city of many landmarks: the Hollywood sign, LACMA’s Insta-worthy light-post installation, Santa Monica Pier, and of course, the ...
Fun fact: Today is Bastille Day, France’s national holiday that celebrates the start of the French Revolution in 1789. And while it’s been a hot minute ...
Never before has the gap between drugstore and prestige products been so small. Which, to anyone on a budget, is some really good news. In fact, many ...
In Los Angeles, the only thing harder than scoring a table at just-opened Jon & Vinny's Pizza on Fairfax is getting on the books with tattoo artist ...
Are you afraid of heights? If so, downtown Los Angeles' newest tourist attraction will definitely make your heart beat faster. L.A.'s U.S. Bank ...
There's simply nothing better than a lazy weekend afternoon with pals, clinking mimosas, noshing on all the bacon and eggs you can get your hands on, and ...
In most areas of life, it’s mother who knows best. But, when it comes to the topic of skin, we'd have to say it’s Hollywood’s top aestheticians who have ...
This story was originally published September 1, 2015. Camille Eddera is a jeweler by trade and an aesthete at heart, a combination that proved useful ...
If you have ever seen flipbooks full of color, you know Pantone. Pantone unveiled its 2016 Color of the Year — Serenity and Rose Quartz, the first time ...
If you’ve ever wanted to own a house worthie of Cookie, now’s your chance. Empire star Taraji P. Henson is listing her Hollywood Hills mansion for a cool $...