Experiencing domestic abuse has to be one of the most difficult experiences that anyone will ever have to face. It can be very isolating and lonely. At SAFE we believe that it is important to celebrate the strength of our service users and all their accomplishments. It is never easy to leave a relationship and takes a lot of bravery to go through the changes.
Here you can read the journeys of women, children and families who have made the change, as well as some fascinating stories from our staff and volunteers who are enabling them along the way.
Alice was in an abusive relationship with her ex-partner for three years. Alice received help from SAFE during the breakdown of her relationship. She attended the Pattern Change course as well as receiving one-to-one support. This gave her the tools to not only recognise that the abuse was not her fault, but also to empower her by living a life she wouldn’t even have dared to dream of.Read more
At the age of five Rebecca witnessed her mum’s former partner break into their home. He punched and kicked holes in walls, broke furniture, and yelled and screamed at her mum threatening to kill her until the police came and removed him. Rebecca felt scared at home and would not leave her mum’s side.. After a few months with SAFE, she is feeling much calmer.Read more
Max is seven years old and has witnessed physical, verbal and emotional abuse by his father towards his mother. After SAFE worked closely with Max on our Children and Families Programme, Max has made remarkable progress.Read more
Rosie Hannigan, one of our amazing volunteers, tells the story of how her recent trip to Israel left her thinking about the true meaning of the work she does with us here at SAFE. A very moving piece of writing.Read more
Keeping in touch with survivors is very important at SAFE. We caught up with Marie who did our pattern changing course 5 years ago and is still reaping the rewards.Read more