Thirty five year old Amanda attempted suicide because of the domestic violence to which she was subjected by her husband Ryan and was referred to Help & Shelter by a social worker. She received counselling from April to September 2010.

During the period of counselling, Amanda continued to be severely abused by her husband and again tried to kill herself. Ryan was invited by the counsellor to attend the counselling sessions and agreed. As it was apparent that his abusive behaviour was linked to alcohol abuse, he was referred to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

After the counselling ended, Amanda visited Help & Shelter and thanked those who had helped change her husband’s abusive behaviour.