Julie’s Story

I have struggled with domestic violence on and off for 15 years. I left my partner to live 600 miles away in the hope that I would finally be free. I have been in numerous refuges only for him to find me or for me to go back. It has been a long hard struggle, but I have always got on with what I thought was a “normal life”.

However my circumstances changed, and once again I had to move from the town that I called home and my work and friends. It was terrifying I thought I was strong enough to deal with the situation this time, but I realised I was crumbling and forever running away from the situation. Coming into this Refuge has changed me as a person, from day one the support I received has been my saving grace. My support worker has been my guardian angel. She helped me understand that it is ok to stop running. The emotions you go through are very intense, high, happy and safe one minute to low depressed, constantly crying and scared. It’s all part of the healing process I see a brighter safer future for myself, but without the daily support I would never be able to feel like this.

For anyone reading this, don’t be afraid of your emotions, you can be safe, there is support and you will get through this.


Thank you for your support when I really needed it. Keep up the good work

Just wanted to say thank you for taking care of us when we really needed it. The work that you do is invaluable, you make a difference. We will never forget.

Thank you for all your support, kindness, generosity and love and for giving my son and I the opportunity to live again rather than just surviving.

I will always remember you all and your kind ways.

Thank you for all the help and support. Thank you for the special way you cared for my little boy. It has been a time in my life I will never forget. Thank God there are people like you who want to help others in the way that you do, we will always remember you.