Victims praise “angels” at South Tyneside domestic abuse charity

Options (Impact Family Services) 
From left Julie Robinson, Adele Hall, Emma Smith and Christopher Valente

Options (Impact Family Services) From left Julie Robinson, Adele Hall, Emma Smith and Christopher Valente

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A team of workers and volunteers have been described as “angels” by victims they’ve helped as they escape their abusive partners.

The praise has been heaped on staff at Options - run by Impact Family Services - by those who say “I’d probably be dead” if it wasn’t for their support.

If it wasn’t for Options I’d be dead. They saved me.

Victim

The team based at the charity have proved to be invaluable in helping victims see their worth as they rebuild their confidence following what can be years of mental and physical torture.

One woman who turned to Options for support after being subjected to abuse from her former husband said: “I lost my home, I lost my job, I lost everything. When I was put in touch with Options they stood by every step of the way. The staff there put 120% into the support they gave me, they genuinely care about people - even now I still call Emma - the support worker I was assigned - ‘my angel’.

“I can’t thank them enough, they are amazing and I’d encourage anyone suffering domestic abuse to go and see them.”

Another victim, who was beaten and raped by her former partner said: “If it wasn’t for Options I’d be dead. They saved me. I was so low it just didn’t feel like my life was worth living but they gave me hope and they’ve given me back my life.”

Options provides confidential and non-judgemental advice to women over 16 on domestic abuse issues; contact with and referral to other relevant organisations; weekly support groups giving opportunities to meet survivors of domestic abuse and make new friends and ‘A Place For You’ counselling service.