Up until the point of leaving, victims may express feelings of low self-esteem. Their continued sense of terror can often cause mental health conditions such as PTSD, flashbacks, insomnia and anxiety. Hestia’s dedicated staff support residents to take back control of their life.
Leaving an abusive relationship is incredibly difficult and it is vital to support your friend or family member at their individual pace.
It is important to:
- believe what the victim is telling you.
- to listen without judgement.
- be able to signpost to support.
Every time a victim is questioned for not leaving, the accusation is deflected from the perpetrator and positioned against the victim.
How Hestia Helps
Hestia is the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London. Every day our dedicated staff work with those who have escaped abusive relationships to empower and change lives.
This November CEO Patrick Ryan will be cycling over 300km through Vietnam to raise money for children living in our Domestic Abuse refuges.
With your help we can be there to support more survivors towards recovery. £10 will provide a welcome pack for a woman and her child who arrive at our refuge with nothing but the clothes on their backs whereas £50 will provide a woman an hour of specialist trauma counselling.
Follow their journey via @Hestia1970 and search #HestiaCycleChallenge