get help

Domestic or family violence often goes unspoken.  You don’t need to continue experiencing domestic violence in silence.  Here you will find a list of services to help you or your loved ones.

Who can help?

If you are in immediate danger, dial 111 and ask for the Police.

Support services:

SHINE Need help? Call 0508 744 633

Women’s Refuge Ring their crisis line on 0800 REFUGE

It’s Not OK Help and support 0800 456 450 

Woven Earth Turning houses into homes

Creating a new life

Starting over was the hardest things for me. I was scared of so many things. How would the children cope? How would I survive as a single mother? I felt so broken, I wondered would I ever be whole again?

I feel like during the years after leaving my abusive relationship I spent more times in tears on my knees questioning whether I could cope, than I did doing anything else. It was the hardest thing I have ever done.

I coped by reaching out to services like Shine. I saw counsellors – quite a few – before I found the support that worked for me!

I also read books on recovery, or spiritualism, on living free from trauma.

It has been a process, but six years on I now smile more than cry, in fact, the tears are few these days – something I thought might never happen!  I am mostly healed, but still working daily to be the best version of myself, with awareness and humility.

You can be free, whole, happy and healthy.