South Asian Women’s Refuge (SAWR) – Mrs K

Mrs K was housed at SAWR after episodes of domestic abuse by her husband had escalated to also target the family’s two young children.

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Mrs K had lived a very chaotic and lonely life but feared that if she left her husband her children would be taken into care and she would not be entitled to stay in the UK because she originally came to the UK on a spouse visa.

When she first arrived the refuge, she was very unsettled and cried most of the time. Gradually the family settled into refuge life and started to feel safe and secure.

Daily support was given to improve the family’s mental wellbeing as well as practical support to resolve their immigration status, access available benefits and obtain the support of local children’s services.

Mrs K completed an ESOL course, now has a National Insurance number and her children are much happier and settled.