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Karen’s Story

My Dad has always been abusive to my Mum, me and my brother for as long as I can remember. It isn’t as bad as it used to be but I remember a lot of things from when I was a child. I’ve self-harmed for a number of years and have never told anyone what […]

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James’ Story

I grew up in a domestically abusive household. This lasted from as far back as I can remember to when I finally left home as an adult. There was always an uneasy feeling in the home. We always had to be quiet if my Dad was asleep. My Dad would get drunk, my Mum would […]

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Carrie’s Story

I was living with my young son and my boyfriend. At first our relationship was brilliant and I thought I was lucky to have him, but as time went on he became very controlling and abusive. I didn’t speak to any of my family anymore and as the relationship progressed I stopped seeing my friends […]

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Helen’s Story

My Dad used to be abusive towards my mum. I’m the youngest in our family and my older siblings had already left home. Dad used to go out to the pub and when he came home drunk he became verbally and physically abusive towards my mum. I was in bed at the time but got […]

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‘Mandy’s’ Story

Coming from an abusive and dysfunctional family, I didn’t have much idea what a healthy relationship was. All the relationships I had were very volatile. Even when they got physical I would convince myself It wasn’t one sided, that it wasn’t abuse, even though I was the one with the bruises and the black eyes. I […]

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‘Annie’s’ Story

I first met ‘John’ when I was 16 nearly 17. He was my first love. I would do anything for him. It was really subtle at first and it sounded like he was just taking care of me, but it was very controlling. He didn’t like me wearing certain clothes or seeing certain people. Sometimes […]

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‘Catherine’s’ Story  

I had a terribly abusive marriage. It was physical violence. He beat me very badly. We met when we were very young and married when I was pregnant. He controlled everything. The only way I can describe it was like being in the dark and seeing a sliver of light and knowing that if you […]

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