Case study

The Horizon Project was set up to empower women who had expe-
rienced domestic and sexual abuse within North Kirklees to build
their confidence and emotional resilience. For example we support-
ed a lady called Jessie (name has been changed). Jessie was a
victim of domestic abuse perpetrated by her husband. She has two
young girls and had resettled into a local authority home after leav-
ing the abusive situation.
Having şet up her new home she was struggling with managing her
emotions in particular when it came to attending court and giving
evidence whilst her ex-husband was present.
This referral came through from Family Support worker from the lo-
cal children’s centre. The Family Support worker said that Jessie
was sceptical about accessing support and didn’t feel it would bene-
fit her. Jessie very quickly changed her mind after the first visit. We
completed a needs assessment and support plan with her and of-
fered her the following strategies.
• Focus on what you want to achieve,
• Carry yourself in confidence – change how you carry yourself,
• Challenge your thinking – is there any truth in your thoughts?, If
there is what can you do about it? And replace it with some-
thing more positive,
• Breathing techniques,
• Having belief in yourself,
• Understanding how you see a situation will dictate how you
deal with it,
• Bringing your self back to focus,• Becoming more mindful of how you are feeling and what you
are thinking and correcting this,
• Correcting your words before speaking as this can affect your
outcome.
Here is the feedback she gave at the end of the programme,
“I was put in contact with Shaffia by my family support worker who
felt I would benefit from some counselling. I was a little sceptical at
first as I thought I was coping but then my ex-partner decided to
take me to court for parental responsibility. I began to panic, be-
came extremely anxious and found that I wasn’t coping, at least not
on my own.
My support worker listened to me, offered advice and encourage-
ment. She helped me to calm myself down and face problems one I
immediately at a time. She helped me to look forward and be more
positive.
In court I recited mantras to myself that she taught me, and man-
aged to hold myself together. I found her help invaluable and would
recommend her to others. My only regret is that our sessions were
limited and had to end, as I would have liked them to continue for
longer”