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Case-studies 2017-11-16T13:53:17+00:00

All names and identifying details in the case-studies have been changed to protect individuals.

Jane’s story

Jane had two young children and had been in an abusive and controlling relationship for 10 years. Each time she tried to end the relationship, he became increasingly controlling and jealous and always promised to change; she wanted to believe that he would. After a particularly violent attack he threatened to kill himself if she didn’t take him back.

Jane then made contact with the Cornwall Domestic Abuse service. Her risk was so high that an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) visited that same day, put a safety plan in place and made her home secure.  Jane was reluctant to contact the police since she was worried about the impact on her family.

The IDVA organised the provision of legal aid and civil orders were established to protect her and her children. He breached the injunction and Jane, with support of the IDVA, felt empowered to complete a police statement. Her former partner is now addressing his behaviour as part of a community order, child contact has ceased and Jane hopes that in time, he will accept responsibility for his actions and build a meaningful relationship with his children.

“The support I received was phenomenal. It was instrumental in putting support mechanisms in place to ensure that I was safe and they also guided me through the minefield of steps/ processes that I needed to go through in order to do this longer term. Having someone who was on your side and emotionally supportive was so important to keep me going when things were really tough.”

If you would like to contribute your story to this page, please email speak to the First Light staff member that supported you, or email us at hello@firstlight.org.uk. Thank you

All names and identifying details in the case-studies have been changed to protect individuals.

 Dan’s story

Dan was raped by a friend while they were watching football in his flat. Dan was able to report the crime to the police that same night, and they brought him to the SARC. There, our Crisis Support Worker made sure that he was safe and calm while the forensic examinations were carried out, and stayed with him while he gave evidence. Some of Dan’s clothes were taken as evidence, so we gave him fresh underwear and trousers, and a hot shower.

Our Crisis Support Worker then made sure Dan had a safe place to stay, and organised an appointment at the GUM clinic, so he could be tested and treated for STIs.  Dan spent five hours with us in the SARC, but this was only the beginning of our support. Our Crisis Support Worker introduced Dan to our ISVA, who would go on to support him for eighteen months – helping him prepare for the court case and arranging for him to meet regularly with one of our Counsellors for pre-trial therapy. The forensic evidence, coupled with Dan’s testimony secured a positive outcome at court. Dan went on to receive counselling from First Light after the trial.

“I will be eternally grateful for the time and energy put into my counselling sessions. I started the journey feeling lost, like my identity had been taken and that I was infinitesimal.  For the first time in long while I was seen as myself and someone told me that I am worth being seen.  These sessions have been a lifeline; bringing back my identity and a life I’d lost and had taken.  Thank you”

If you would like to contribute your story to this page, please email speak to the First Light staff member that supported you, or email us at hello@firstlight.org.uk.  Thank you

All names and identifying details in the case-studies have been changed to protect individuals.