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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Naomi’s story
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. I then go through my emails and messages from women I support, so I…
Miriam's Story

Miriam's Story

I cannot pinpoint a date when the abuse began. It started with him putting me down and then laughing when I would become anxious, calling me ‘worthless’. I could not see what he was doing was not alright, instead I felt there was something wrong with me. Before I fell…
Sam's Story

Sam's Story

Sam became pregnant at 17. Her son is now six years old and is looked after by her mother under a special guardianship order. Sam has regular contact with him and they have a close relationship. Sam is grateful to her mother but also resents the fact that she was…
Sonia's Story

Sonia's Story

Sonia disclosed to the IDVA that she was experiencing emotional abuse from her partner, who did not try to stop her from harming herself and was telling her that she would not be able to do it and that she would be too scared. It was also said that Sonia…
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…
Rachael's Story

Rachael's Story

Rachael’s keyworker writes a letter of support for her, explaining the issues women face in the criminal justice system and linking Rachael’s struggles to her offending behaviour. The keyworker goes to court with Rachael to hear her sentencing and supplies more information about Rachael’s circumstances to the court. This experience…