Jess and her son Harry were forced to flee their home, leaving everything including their beloved dog, Scruff, behind. Here is her story.
My abuse started when I found out I was pregnant, I thought my partner would be excited but instead he started to control what I did, who I saw and even what I wore. He stopped letting me be me. Over time things became worse and the abuse escalated from shouting to violence.
When my son Harry started to grow up, I began to think I should leave, but I no longer had anyone to turn to. He had completely isolated me.
One day it got worse than I ever imagined.
That day, after 6 years, I managed to call Solace. The woman who answered the phone really listened to me and that gave me hope. I felt I could talk to her about everything I had been through.
She helped me realise just how much danger I was in and that I needed to get Harry and I to a place of safety. She helped us escape to a refuge and I am forever grateful.
Every day there is a new challenge but Solace are still there to support us. When Harry and Scruff were reunited it was the best day. Solace, I will never forget what I have had from you.
Because of you I feel more confident, sure about myself and our future. Finally we are free and ready to start again, together.
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- 2 women are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner in England and Wales.