Survivors' Stories

HWA has worked with many women, children and young people who want others to understand and learn from their experiences so on this page there are links to personal accounts of why individuals came to HWA and how they overcame the many problems associated with domestic abuse.

They have bravely told their stories but we have changed the names and any key details that may enable them to be identified.  These stories can be difficult to read but they do have positive outcomes

Find out more by clicking on the links below or from the drop down menu in Survivor's Stories above:

Karen's story  is about a woman and children who lived with physical and emotional abuse.

Leanne's story is about a young woman who had her children taken into care and then fled in fear of her life due to the escalating levels of abuse from her husband.


Not everyone is able to tell their story but below is a message from a domestic abuse survivor who Hull Women's Aid supported on her long journey to independence.

I can not put in words how much I appreciate all the support I was given since I came to HWA. I have to say that for every woman who works in HWA it is more than just a job. They all are very professional and supportive, they know how hard it is for every woman to be in abusive relationship and they support you like a real family. 

It takes time to get over and heal after being in a difficult and destructive relationship, but the most important step is to stop it. You should not stay and hope for better after being hurt.  You should not be afraid to ask for help. Especially if you have children. In HWA mothers with children get extra support and help. Your and your children’s lives are the most valuable things you have and you should not live in anxiety and fear caused by your partner. 

Please remember that there is a place where you can get help and get back on a way towards your happy life. You are not alone. 

Thank you HWA! Thank you so much for being there in my hard time.