Women’s Aid Survivors’ Forum

// 5 January 2010

Women’s Aid have launched an online survivors’ forum for women affected by domestic abuse:

We hope that the Survivors’ Forum will help abused women by enabling them to support each other and share their experiences. At Women’s Aid we know that many women prefer to seek help and support online, as it is less intimidating than directly speaking to someone. For many women affected by domestic violence, talking to and hearing stories from other women who have been in a similar situation can provide reassurance and encourage them to break their silence and seek help.

You can access the forum here. If you need immediate help and support, you can call the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge).

Comments From You

Ms F // Posted 6 January 2010 at 7:42 am

I think this is a great idea. As well intentioned and caring as some friends and family can be, I’ve fpound that they often feel very uncomfortable with actually discussing what has happened to me in the past. Most of the time I am fine, but even now, about 10 years later, something will happen I would like to discuss it. On the other hand, as I feel much stronger now, I would like to be able to talk about women who are still at the beginning of their recovery/leaving stage.

Paula Wagon // Posted 16 February 2010 at 12:31 pm

Hi ladies,my name is paula and I lived in a refuge for about 8 months and it saved my life or possibly his, I was on the verge of a brake down when i went to the social services to hand my children over and my plan was to kill myself.I had been in a abusive relationship for 7years was almost 30 and that had stirred questions about what i had achieved in my life,where it was going?why was i putting up with this mans behaviour?these simple thoughts and the worry that my sons were being affected by him and that the y might think this,normal. It was the start of my new journey anything was better than being at home.I felt withdrawn when i first entered the refuge but after a time getting to know the other women,I actually thought we’d all dated the same man,we counselled each other.Ten years on ive been to collage to study art,retaken my maths and English and a few computer courses,I have worked at the refuge for a number of years, Iam just the cleaner in status but I feel more than that,I am proof that there is life after domestic violence, I allways have time for my ladies they are welcome to ask me anything.

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