Mark, Anita & John

Mark, a teenager, visited Help & Shelter in 2010 to report that his father John was very abusive to his mother, his siblings and him. He said that his mother was unable to visit Help & Shelter because she was not allowed to leave the house.

One day, Mark’s mother, Anita, managed to escape from the house and get to Help & Shelter. She was counselled and having been advised that her husband needed professional help to stop his abusive behaviour, decided that she wanted her husband to also attend counselling sessions, so he was invited.

John came to Help & Shelter and told his side of the story. He had drinking and literacy problems, so was counselled and given homework to help improve his reading and writing skills. After three months, Anita said that John’s behaviour had changed and that their relationship was much better.