A few weeks ago we were contacted by a woman who was organising a seminar in Newcastle for women, who wanted to develop their knowledge and understanding of narcissistic abuse. After hearing further details of the event we excitedly booked our places for the Survive and Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse seminar which was held on 11th May 2019.
The seminar began with talks from two survivors who shared their experiences of narcissistic abuse and how they managed to break free and move forward with their lives.
Key industry speakers on Narcissism advised on areas including how to overcome and combat abuse, recovery and survival techniques and therapies to feel happy again.
When it came to the Question and Answer session we were surprised to hear so many women in the audience were experiencing domestic abuse, however they were not receiving support from professionals. One woman was visibly upset as she talked about the abuse and harassment she had experienced from her ex-partner, and what happened when she reported his behaviour to the Police. The perpetrator was arrested and the victim was informed that he had been released with bail conditions not to contact her. However, upon his release, he immediately contacted her and she was shocked to find that there were no bail conditions in place to protect her. The woman's safety had been compromised further and she was understandably angry and upset. We were saddened to hear that a victim of domestic abuse had not been signposted to a specialist domestic abuse support service in her local area and had to seek advice and support from strangers at a seminar.
Although we didn’t have any questions for the hosts we seized the opportunity to talk about the support which is available from Women’s Aid throughout the country for victims of domestic abuse, and most importantly how this support is free.
During the break we were approached by several women who were desperate for advice on their situation. We were really shocked to hear how women had travelled from areas including Bristol and Huddersfield to attend the seminar as it was the only way they believed they could access information and support.
If you or anybody you know are experiencing domestic violence and abuse you do not have to suffer alone. You can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Helpline on 0808 2000 247 where you can receive confidential information and support when you need it and will be given information on services within your local area.