HOW WE SAVE LIVES

We asked some of the women who attend our Freedom Programme how we have helped them.

With thanks to you all for your bravery and support – from all of us….

 

 

My nightmare of a controlling relationship started 10 years ago. Prior to marriage, I witnessed the domestic violence and control from my father to mother (I did not know any difference) until I took the courage to leave my husband.”

 This Centre has been a part of my life for the last three and a half years.  I left a Domestic Violence relationship of nearly 10 years and fled to Derby.  At my lowest, with no family and friends close by – I turned to Derby Women’s Centre in my time of need.” 

 If it was not for the ladies and support received from the Centre then in all honesty I can’t see that either myself or my now 8 year old daughter would be here. ”

I feel like they  have built my self-esteem back up, helped me grow more confidence and that has helped me to support my daughter who witnessed a lot at a very young age. 

This Centre saves lives of women and children of all ages and background and without these services a lot of women would continue to suffer under the hands of Domestic Violence. ”

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 I thought I was going crazy, depressed, thoughts of self harming (although I’m too pathetic to actually do it).  I thought because I was not actually getting hurt, he’s not violent just horrible, it was normal.  I just wasn’t being a good wife! ”

This programme has made me begin to realise it’s not my fault – it’s not normal.”

it’s amazing to be able to talk to someone else who knows what it’s like to constantly be on edge!  I’m hoping this place will keep going.  I need it to help me feel like a normal person…and begin to  be like me again!

  Attending the Freedom project has made me realise that normality can exist, and there is a way out.  I’m slowly gaining strength and knowledge.” 

I’m considering coping mechanisms, instead of self harm.” 

“I’m able to understand the dynamics my husband plays in our marriage.” 

When he threatens to kill our cats, I find it more tolerable now.  Protecting myself, and our cats, becomes easier, knowing I’m not alone, and that other women are experiencing this, as well.

 The Freedom has helped me so much, it’s helped me be more confident.  When I first came here in September 2015, it was the first time I had left the house properly in weeks.”

I was diagnosed with PTSD and was extremely low.” 

Now I have been coming here almost two years and I’m a completely different person.  I’ve learned so much about myself and how to cope with what I’ve been through.  The women who run the centre are amazing along with the Freedom Programme.” 

THE WOMEN’S CENTRE IS MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME. I’D BE LOST WITHOUT THE HELP FROM THIS SERVICE AS WOULD LOTS OF OTHER WOMEN

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