Catherine first attended the Junction drop in at Petroc College, where she was studying a full time course and holding down a job. Catherine initially came to the drop in for housing advice.
Early on Catherine disclosed that she was living at home with her parents and her siblings and that her parents were in a domestic violent relationship. Catherine felt that the situation at home was unbearable and that often she would stay with her older boyfriend (age 21) and friends rather than go home. Catherine’s relationship with her parents had completely broken down.
The project started to support Catherine to identify the accommodation options available to her. During her 3rd meeting with us she broke down and disclosed that she was also in a violent relationship with her partner and that he was controlling.
It was apparent that Catherine had normalised the violent behaviour due to the high exposure to violence throughout her life, It became very clear that Catherine feared for her life and even told us that she thought she was” going to die”, if she stayed with her partner.
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How she felt
Catherine displayed strong signs of depression and anxiety, both of which were undiagnosed. At the time of Catherine approaching the project she was not being supported by any other agency and was suffering in silence.
How we helped
With Catherine’s permission the project made a referral to Splits a Devon based domestic abuse support service. We support Catherine to make a planned move into a refuge outside of the area as there was still a high risk to Catherine if she stayed in the area.
As Catherine had built a strong level of trust with the Junction project it was important that we supported her jointly with Splits and to help her to understand the need to move out of area in order to keep her safe.
In addition to the emotional support the junction was able to offer we also supported with:
- Regular food parcels
- A new sim card for her phone
- Access to funding via the college to pay for her day to day living needs until she was able to move into the refuge.
A referral was also made to the North Devon depression and anxiety helpline to address her mental health.
Finally, the project made a MASH referral for Catherine’s siblings as they were still at home witnessing high levels of DV, to ensure that they received the support they needed through a multi agency approach.
How that changed her life
Catherine moved into the refuge and is now receiving support from Splitz; she is still not ready to report the abuse from her boyfriend to the police. Catherine has no contact with him and is working with the Splitz team to gain back control and to help her recognise the signs of a controlling and DV relationship.
Catherine has been able to continue her studies at the local college in her new area and is doing well; she has been making lots of new friendships and has got herself a part time job.
Catherine is engaging and accessing with the support services recommended by her refuge worker, she is still not ready to make contact with her parents who were unsupportive of her whilst she was at home.
What we learned
A great example of partnership working practices to help support Catherine to move on and forward with her life.