Alisha's Story

3 Sep 2014

I’ve recently been getting involved in Women’s Aid. I came in experiencing domestic abuse but not really knowing what it was. I had said to myself it’s when your husband beats you up in the house and you’re black and blue with bruises, I even grew up thinking that until I came to Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid is an amazing place to be, being here hasn’t just woken me up, it has made me realise that all these years what I thought love was, it was actually abuse. You take it for so long that it becomes a bad habit or a part of everyday life or something that you’ve not got any energy for.

Being involved has been a release of all different kinds of emotions for me. It’s like fizzy pop, you need to shake the bottle for it to explode; I was at the right place at the right time. It’s been a journey to becoming me again, me the person who was confident, bubbly and always smiling and not the person I was turning into- negative, angry, bitter and sad.
I’ve decided I like the smiling me, which means it’s time to stand up and change.

Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

In 81% of cases of domestic abuse there is a female victim and male perpetrator (SCS 2012)

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