"I was in a violent relationship for about 18 months before I recognised that I needed to get help. The Police referred me to IDAS on three occasions but it wasn’t until the third time that I started to open up and admit what had been happening to me. Children’s Services became involved in my life and I started to feel really scared that I would lose my kids."
"I saw the same worker who had come to see me on the two previous occasions and decided that I needed the help and support that she was offering. It has been a steep learning curve for me and my kids have now been taken off the Child Protection Plans. I have had to move house in order to feel safe, I have been to lots of different meetings and my IDAS outreach worker has been there to support me throughout."
"I understand now what living with domestic violence can do to kids even if they don’t see anything and I think I understand a bit better what it’s done to me too. I have also talked through stuff from my own childhood which I’ve never had the chance to do before either. My eldest also got support from one of the IDAS Children’s Workers which helped too."
"Things are looking a lot brighter now and I have met someone else and we are expecting our first baby."
"My worker has seen me crying loads of times but we’ve also had a few laughs along the way. She’s a realIy good listener and I have shared things with her that I have never told anyone else; I will never forget how much she’s helped me."