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"If it wasn’t for the Domestic Abuse team I wouldn’t be able to live the life I do today. I'm so grateful for their help and support."

Tracey was in an abusive relationship for 2 years. She decided to end the relationship after an escalation in physical violence and controlling behaviour. Tracey continued to encounter abusive behaviour at point of separation and was stalked and harassed by her ex-partner.

Tracey felt unsafe in her home and she felt as though she couldn’t leave the house for fear of encountering her ex-partner. Tracey felt as though she had no life, she became isolated and withdrawn and her mental health declined.

Tracey was referred to IDVA by the police after her windows were smashed and she was identified as gold, high risk on the merit (risk identification checklist).

Tracey was supported by IDVA through the development of a tailored safety plan. Tracey wanted to move for her safety as she didn’t feel safe in her home anymore. IDVA requested target hardening in the current property (measures to enhance the safety at her home) and requested priority banding on the housing register. Tracey moved for her safety and obtained a restraining order for her protection.

Tracey felt as though she had been given a fresh start and felt that she was able to live her life again. Tracey felt empowered with the knowledge of how to safeguard herself and started to rebuild her relationships with family and friends.

Tracey – “I feel as though a weight has been lifted and I am not living my life looking over my shoulder anymore. For the first time in a long time I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am very grateful for all the support I have received and I can honestly say that I am looking forward to my future”

“I can honestly say that I am looking forward to my future