Kate’s story is about a woman who has lived with emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuse.
“After years of feeling sad, confused, too sensitive, worthless, selfish, I decided after 20 years of marriage that I could no longer stay in a marriage where I caused so much unhappiness. A counsellor suggested I contact Newcastle Women’s Aid. Obviously, not to go as an abused woman but it sounded interesting and could take me in a new direction work-wise. As I walked along the corridor to the first appointment, I felt really apprehensive – these poor women would have black eyes, broken bones and be so sad. I walked in to a bright and welcoming room where a group of women were drinking tea – oops I’d come to the wrong place! No I hadn’t and that day changed my life. Two years on and I am happy. The nightmares are becoming less, I’m gradually getting back to work, I’m coming off the anti-depressants, drinking less alcohol and now have around five hours of undisturbed sleep. I’ve lost weight, feel attractive again and I even danced to some loud music yesterday and laughed. Newcastle Women’s Aid saved me and has continued to be there for me. It’s taken over two years and our sessions have ended but I know that Women’s Aid will always be there for me when I have a bad day.”