All your support really does change lives, here is just one example…
Simone is a profoundly Deaf mother of one, who has been in an abusive relationship with her husband for some time. Simone has been trying really hard to manage the situation herself and didn’t want help, but it became too much when her young child witnessed the abuse and was also put at risk. The police were called several times. As the abuse worsened Simone, in a crisis situation, was referred to us.
Because our professional domestic abuse team are all Deaf women, Simone was able to communicate directly with them in sign language – something she was unable to do previously with the police. We were also able to help Simone to navigate the complex domestic abuse systems and through joint working between us, housing and social services, we’re delighted that Simone and her child are now in a place of safety. She has a robust support plan in place and her child is no longer at risk of being removed to foster care.
And now, with your funding, Simone has been able to start attending our ‘survivor workshops’ with other Deaf women. She is participating well, learning more about what constitutes a healthy relationship, how to stay safe and the impact abuse has on Deaf women and their children. Next month our mental health team will be organising for Simone to receive some specialist BSL therapy from SignHealth, to help her to manage her anxiety and depression caused from her abuse.
Thank you for making this possible.
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