Today, Thursday 15th October, is Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Here at The Gingerbread Centre we’re hoping that by wearing something purple we can raise awareness of domestic violence and its long-term effects, as this has affected many of the people we support.
Below are the words of a woman who has been helped by The Gingerbread Centre:
‘I moved into Gingerbread due to domestic violence. I need to keep my baby safe which I didn’t do with my other children. The domestic violence had been going on for many years but it felt difficult and very scary to leave my home.
When I first moved in I thought I would be on my own. I didn’t know what to expect and I was feeling stressed and in a dream. I didn’t want to leave my home but the staff are really helpful and sorted out things that I couldn’t bring with me including toiletries and food. I was supported to register with a local GP and supported preparing for my baby to arrive. I attended activities and group sessions at Gingerbread and I got to meet other families so I didn’t feel so alone. That helped me a lot.
I am glad I came and everything has been really positive. I am a much more settled now with my life. My depression is much better and I feel safe. It’s strange but I miss my partner but I realise how he controlled me and unless he changes I know there is no future for us which does make me unhappy at times. My focus is on my baby and I do feel more confident and the staff have been great. I am having the support I need and understand more what domestic abuse is and how it can affect your life.’