Bunmi is a lecturer and survivor of domestic abuse, a proud mother of one and an activist in the fight against violence against women and girls.
Bunmi came to Solace after being supported by Social Services to save herself and her son from the assaults she experienced for two years. She was naïve about the support available; otherwise, she would have left the relationship sooner. However, with constant reassurance from the Police, Social Services and MARAC, she agreed to get help and was assisted with finding and moving into one of Solace’s refuges in London.
Solace was able to support by offering Bunmi accommodation, workshops (ARISE and parenting), and therapeutic services, including one-to-one counselling.
Looking forward, Bunmi now works with one of the universities in the country, where she educates hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds and cultures annually. The support she received from Solace helped her recognise her worth and value, which enabled her to achieve higher educational degrees at bachelor’s (BSc) and master’s (MSc) levels, completing them with outstanding and commendable achievements. While she studied, she started a cake-making business that thrived beyond her expectation within five years of operation. She is working on expanding her business while she begins her Doctoral degree.
Bunmi is passionate about sharing her experience in the hope that it might help other women to access the support that they need.