In over twenty years, Woman’s Trust has helped thousands of women to recover from the psychological and emotional impact of domestic abuse. Here some of those women talk about their experiences, in their own words. Privacy and safety are often ongoing concerns for victims, so names and details which could possibly identify survivors have been changed.

Women’s stories

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Sara’s story

Sara had known her husband for a few years before they got married. Charming and wealthy, she had no idea how controlling or manipulative he would become - or that what she was going through was domestic abuse.

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Reya’s story

Looking at Reya you'd never guess what a painful life she's led. It wasn’t until she was 50 that she eventually started having counselling at Woman’s Trust, after a lifetime of abuse. This is her story.