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Rebecca's Story

My name is Rebecca. I was with my husband for 18 years, we had 2 children aged 10 & 15. When my husband stopped work the abuse I was experiencing escalated, he was more controlling.

My husband was controlling my daughter, he wouldn’t let her go out or wear what she wanted. It was impacting my relationship with my daughter. She ran away from home and we were contacted by a social worker.

I was not allowed to work, have friends or talk to my family on the phone.

When the social worker put me in touch of Solace it was hard to have the courage to leave. I was fearful of living independently and desperate to move to a refuge where I could get support. In refuge Solace helped me gain awareness of the effects of domestic abuse and the impact it has on my children’s mental health and well-being. They also supported my daughter to access mental health services when she started self-harming. e worked with Solace to understand the boundaries of our relationship.

An important part of Solace’s support to me was to make sure we were safe online, my husband tracked all our phones. finally feel like my family is safe, and although we have a long road we can handle it.