Kate was referred to The Salvation Army by the police after she’d been brutally beaten by her boyfriend when she was eight month’s pregnant.
Kate was referred to The Salvation Army by the police after she’d been brutally beaten by her boyfriend when she was eight month’s pregnant. Salvation Army officers walked alongside Kate, helping her to achieve her goal of carving a happy and settled life for both herself and her baby, in a safe environment.
Kate’s boyfriend hadn’t always been violent. They’d been together for more than a year and lived together. It was when she was three month’s pregnant that he started to turn violent.
With family many miles away, Kate didn’t have anyone to turn to and decided to go to the police after the final attack left her terrified.
The police put Kate in touch with a local Salvation Army officer who was trained to deal with cases of domestic abuse and had a number of years of experience. She was able to step in and give Kate the compassionate, emotional support she needed while making practical arrangements such as emergency accommodation.
Kate was out of immediate danger but The Salvation Army’s support helped her to stay that way and reach her goals by giving her the practical skills she needed and putting her in touch with relevant agencies.
The officer who supported Kate said: “When I first met Kate, she had very little and was very vulnerable. Today, she is a different person. She brought her baby to our parent-and-toddler group and showed a real flair for working with young children, so much so she now volunteers as a helper. She tells me she hopes to start training as a professional child-minder when she can. It’s wonderful seeing her so happy and settled.”
Kate said: “The Salvation Army has always been there for me, even at the worst of times and has given me and my son a future.”