Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. Any age, any culture, any social class, any religion.
Each year we take around 16,000 calls through our helpline, offering support, information, emergency accommodation and options on next steps.
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Bea's story ...
Bea balanced part time work with part time study and caring for her baby daughter. When her husband assaulted her, Bea contacted the Helpline.
The Independent Domestic Violence Advocates at WAIS helped Bea to start proceedings. When she did this, her husband refused to pay for nursery fees, withdrew any financial support and refused to vacate their home, meaning that Bea was the one forced to leave. Bea’s residency in the UK was dependant on her husband’s student visa and this meant she had no recourse to funds and couldn’t receive benefits or housing support. This left B with only two options: to either return to her country of origin or present herself as an asylum seeker, meaning that she and her daughter would have to be housed in emergency accommodation or a compound for up to 2 years. Either way, Bea would have to discontinue both her work and study.
WAIS worked with Social Care to arrange refuge accommodation for 2 weeks whilst WAIS paid for Bea's daughter to attend nursery, allowing Bea to continue working. WAIS also arranged for Bea to receive a food pack from the Salvation Army.
WAIS then arranged for Bea to see an immigration solicitor who helped her make an application under the Human Rights Act for permission to stay in the UK. WAIS continued to work with Bea until eventually both her and her daughter were successfully re-housed and could start to rebuild their lives.