She was desperate, her children were living in constant fear and she felt that there was nothing left to live for. She reached out for help and found that there was little available, and that no-one really understood or knew much about domestic abuse and apparently she was a very isolated case.She finally managed to leave and found safety for herself and her three children with friends. The thought of others suffering in silence in that same living hell made her press on with the dream of opening a women’s refuge.
The reason that I know so much about this woman is that I am her. I have moved on in life now and although I feel like a different person I still remember what it felt like to walk in those shoes.
Every service that Pathway has developed, from the 24 hour helpline which began in 1993 to our refuges, the first of which opened in 1994, came from that heart, that mind and that memory. Not just mine, but that of many women all living in their own little prisons of abuse. The oppressed women who long to escape.