Overcoming domestic abuse

29 October 2015

After giving birth to her twin boys, Joey and Harry, Natasha* was forced to flee her home following a harrowing, unprovoked physical attack by her partner.

Domestic abuse awareness logoNatasha was taken to a refuge by the police. She returned to her home when her ex-partner received bail conditions not to enter the house or contact her.

Working together to overcome abuse

Still concerned for the safety of her family, Natasha contacted our anti-social behaviour team.

We arranged to meet her at a local café where she felt safe. We went through some paperwork and discussed a safety plan.

We also referred her to support agencies in her area as well as a MARAC (multi-agency risk assessment conference).

This is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners and other specialists.

We worked with Natasha and these groups to:

  • provide support
  • help with rehousing
  • make sure her home was safe.

She was able to get a non-molestation order for 12 months against her ex and an appointment with the local authority to assess her housing need. We were able to rehouse her two weeks later.

Road to recovery

Natasha is now getting her life back on track. She gets support from MKAct for the emotional abuse she has faced and is feeling much safer in her new home.

Alex Wrigley, ASB operations manager said, “We will continue to support Natasha as she is very anxious as to what might happen if her ex finds her. However her confidence is growing daily and she is determined to create a stable, loving home for her two children.”

How we can help

At Guinness, we will always do as much as we can to help people who are at risk of domestic abuse.

If you think you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or if you think a friend or family member is experiencing abuse, call the 24-hour freephone national helpline on 0808 2000 247.

*Natasha and her children’s names have been changed to protect their identity.