Each woman goes on a different journey with us, determined by her own unique needs and experiences. Below are examples of how that journey might go.

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Amira’s Story 
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Debbie’s Story 
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Lisa’s story
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Sophie’s story 
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Naomi’s story
Hiya's Story

Hiya's Story

My husband treated me as a second-class citizen. I was not allowed my own bank account, despite holding down an office job. I could not spend time with friends unless granted by my husband. He would and tell them they were not needed.
Hamza's Story

Hamza's Story

Five years ago, the abuse escalated, when Hamza’s mother discovered she was in a relationship with a man her mother did not approve of. Her mother’s objection was partly due to her wish for Hamza to marry the son of a family friend. Hamza expressed concern that she could be…
From the frontline: Helena's Story

From the frontline: Helena's Story

The peer mentor role is for women who have lived experience of the criminal justice system, to offer additional support to the women accessing our services at Advance’s Minerva. As part of Minerva’s Wrap-Around project, we specifically support women with multiple disadvantage alongside their experience of the criminal justice system,…
Aaliyah's story

Aaliyah's story

I was completely shattered – psychologically broken. I had no understanding of any support available out there for me but my doctor referred me to Advance. My husband beat me up, threatened me with a knife while I was pregnant – he wanted to leave me and get married to…
From the frontline: Beth, a Young Women's Keyworker 

From the frontline: Beth, a Young Women's Keyworker 

Over the last five years, Advance has developed its specialist Minerva community support for young women and girls aged 15-24 in contact with the criminal justice system.
Christina's Story

Christina's Story

Christina*, 50, reported her abuser and took him to court four years ago. She and her two children are safe now, but it was a long journey to get where they are today. She says: “One of the hardest parts was trying to explain, to police, an isolated incident that…
Advance’s Mental Health IDVA

Advance’s Mental Health IDVA

Marie says that her favourite part of the job is being able to work on developing stronger relationships between mental health and domestic abuse services,
Covid 19 one year on: the impact on women’s mental health 

Covid 19 one year on: the impact on women’s mental health 

At Advance, however, we know all too well about the other pandemic affecting women and their children, which did not result in lockdown restrictions, but was exacerbated by them. Some have called domestic abuse the invisible pandemic, but it is by no means invisible: far too many women and children…
Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate’s Diary..  Jessie

Housing Domestic Abuse Advocate’s Diary.. Jessie

At 9:00am, since working remotely as a result of Covid restrictions, I start my day with a ‘Good Morning Check-In’ with my colleagues, manager at Advance and the Housing team in the borough I work in.