Moving home is a stressful experience, but never more so than when you’re being forced to leave your local area out of fear.
This was the situation when we first met Nadia, who, as the victim of a particularly violent relationship, was being forced to move to Bradford where her father lived and could offer her and her three children temporary refuge.
Nadia’s confidence was non-existent and her hopes were low. She was determined not to remain blighted by past issues, but the violence she had suffered had been severe enough to bring on epilepsy and she could no longer work or drive. She needed professional support, and as soon as she was put on our Stronger Families programme and met her keyworker, Vicky, her situation started to improve.
Nadia’s first priority was the protection of her children and while staying temporarily at her father’s house, Vicky was able to support her in applying for places in new schools and finding counsellors for two of her children who’d unfortunately witnessed some of the domestic abuse first-hand. From there she found work - thanks to some interview practice organised through Brathay - and then her own home.
'Nadia told me she'd needed someone to listen to her and not judge her and help her to see that she could do so much more with her life. She said she couldn’t have done it without someone urging her on and believing in her.’
Brathay keyworker, Vicky