ADVICE & OUTREACH
We run one-to-one advice sessions at various locations around Greenwich to ensure that we are easily accessible to women all over the borough.
ADVICE FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING ABUSE
We offer specialist advice for women experiencing domestic or sexual abuse at our weekly One Stop Shop at YMCA and appointment at Lewisham and Plumstead Police Stations.
Appointments can be made for Police Station and the YMCA sessions are Drop-In.
One Stop Shop Drop-In (for women experiencing domestic and/or sexual abuse)
Fridays at 10am to 12pm
YMCA Thames Gateway, Antelope Road, SE18 5PQ
Susie* rang yesterday to say that she is very happy now and feels free. She approached us via the One Stop Shop a few months back, and was stuck in a sexually and physically abusive relationship, imprisoned inside her home for 22 hours a day. She only snuck out to meet us by saying that she had an appointment at the council. Although her partner was frequently explosively violent, she felt that she couldn’t call the police due to possible reprisals.
Her Centre worked closely with her to devise an escape plan, reduce risk and perhaps more importantly, to empower her to understand the context of sexual and domestic violence. It turned out that he was using sexual violence to belittle and embarrass her so that she felt if she reported the physical violence the truth of the sexual violence would come out, bringing shame upon her.
After 3 weeks of intensive work she was again attacked, and she for the first time in 4 years called the police. He was taken into custody. Susie got a court protection order, changed her phone number and started carrying a panic alarm.
Now she feels that he is truly out of her life and able to rebuild her and her son’s lives free from violence. She enrolled in a health & social care course and is beginning to get back in contact with friends and family that she was previously cut off from. She is happy and looking forward to the future. (* not her real name)
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