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Domestic abuse: my story

22 September 2011

Over £1/2 million is to be spent fighting the harm and long term damage caused by domestic abuse as we announce our latest Investing in Communities grants in Scotland.

Abused young people and children are at the heart of the work being funded, thanks to an award of £580,002 to Wigtownshire Women’s Aid. This vital funding will help to secure a better future for young people like 18 year-old Karina McCusker from Stranraer who was abused by her father and subsequently by her now ex partner.

Karina shares her story in a short Big Lottery Fund film:

Karina has a nine month old baby boy and says: “When I was younger I didn’t feel that I could tell anybody about what was happening at home. I started skiving off school because I couldn’t concentrate on my school work. For three years I didn’t say anything. Then one day I got a black eye and I couldn’t keep it hidden any longer. After that I moved out of my parent’s house and into a place with my boyfriend. For the first year things were fine but then the violence began again. That’s when I found the support of Wigtownshire Women’s Aid.

They took me into their safe house and helped to build my confidence and to start trusting people again. Since then they have always been there for me when I need them. I now have a good relationship with my family and ex boyfriend too and a lot of that is also down to their support.”

As well as providing individual support to children and young people, like Karina, the project will also provide a range of social and play activities, as well as delivering awareness raising sessions in schools and colleges.

Hazel Maider, Co-ordinator, Wigtownshire Women’s Aid welcomed the funding. She added: “We are delighted to have received five years funding for our Children & Young People’s Support Service. This funding will provide support to many children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse and sometimes have had to leave their homes, extended family, friends and treasured possessions. This funding will allow us to encourage them to develop the skills to make appropriate life choices and inspire them to reach their full potential.”

Wigtownshire Women’s Aid is one of 12 organisations sharing in the latest grants worth £6.4 million from BIG Scotland’s Investing in Communities awards

Find out more about the wider Scottish Women’s Aid movement

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