Family violence survivor: 'Christmas was HELL'

Family violence survivor: 'Christmas was HELL'

Over five years ago, Kate began ringing Shine's Helpline and eventually she left her abusive husband of 15 years to stay in Shine's refuge over the Christmas holidays. "He was very, very controlling ... It always felt like we were walking on eggshells, I was so afraid but I got used to it, it became a way of life for me. It started with psychological and emotional abuse and once he had reduced me to a point where I was so feeble and weak - then he started with the physical abuse."

"Kate wanted other victims of abuse to know that whatever their story - they could get out, there was help and support available and all they had to do was ask."

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“Since I came to Shine's refuge I felt safe. The staff members are very welcoming and supportive. I know I have a place where I can feel safe and call home. The staff at Shine always help me with the things I need. They are amazing. THANK YOU. ” a Shine refuge client