What I love about my job
I love that I am able to witness a change in our residents even after a short amount of time. Following their trauma and abuse, women arrive frightened and reserved but as a result of working with my team they are new women in control of their lives.
A particular woman I supported – Silvia – was only allowed to have £3 at any given time by her partner. Her experience of abuse was financial and she had no independence. Her partner would check up on her and throughout day wanting to know if the money had been spent. She lived in fear.
The day she left the house, she was a changed woman, with a job and a sense of freedom and empowerment – I will never forget it.
How your support can help
As a result of making a last minute escape many women arrive with nothing but a handbag along with a few toys for their child.
My team and I support the women to access benefits, but the amounts are minimal when you have left literally everything behind and are starting again. Financial support means we can provide anything from school uniforms or coats in winter to baby equipment.
With your support, women and children will be comfortable as they adjust to a new life.
Hestia Cycle Challenge
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. A donation of £10 will provide essential toiletries for a family whereas £50 will provide a woman an hour of specialist trauma counselling.