Real Stories

Real stories from people of have used our service.

 

A New Life, A New Start

“I am writing this as my thank you to all the staff at Southern Domestic Abuse Service for all your help, love and support you have given my family.

At 30 years old and having 5 children, I never thought I would end up in a Women’s Refuge. I had 2 ½ years of some physical but mainly mental abuse, and with my health visitor’s help and support I made the big decision of leaving and coming into a refuge.

I was petrified, having to leave my friends and family and uprooting my children to move to an area we didn’t know.

You hear things about a refuge and what they are like but my dim views very quickly changed. The staff welcomed us with open arms, and the house was lovely, just like home from home, and we very quickly settled in.

The staff were brilliant getting my children into new schools, pre-school, and helping me sort out my benefits, and allowing us to regain normality in our lives.

We soon forged relationships with the other families in here, and it was a relief to be with other people who had sadly shared similar experiences as we had, and for us to actually be able to have friends.

Since being here my children have experienced some behavioural problems but as always there’s a helping hand from the staff and with support I am working through these.

Where would women like me be without SDAS, the staff here really truly care about all your and your family’s needs and to be given that amount of love and support is amazing.

When I arrived I had no confidence, was very shy and quiet, but being here has turned that all around, and allowed myself and my children to grow as people, and gain my confidence back, and be the person I always was hiding away.

The biggest gift though that my children and I have gained from being here and it’s the best gift of all is FREEDOM. So thank you SDAS”.

Jo

Testimonials

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandra

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kerrie

  • "From the circumstances I left behind, I have felt safe living in this house. I have had good times and bad, but I am really grateful for all of your help, you have provided me with. Thank you." Ruth

  • "Thank you SDAS for teaching me how to play the game. I am back in control of my life and my self esteem." Donna