Sandra, a 37 year old woman, came to Help & Shelter for counselling in October 2010. She had three children, two of them for Rick, her abusive partner. Sandra had been abused for 14 years; she was very depressed and had visible marks of abuse about her body. She had made numerous reports to the police several times but no action had been taken. During the time of the abuse, Rick had brought other women to the house and had had sex with them while Sandra was there.

Sandra went to the shelter, where she received further counselling and was referred to the legal aid clinic for legal assistance. At first she was scared but eventually went to the clinic and obtained protection and occupancy orders plus maintenance for Rick’s children. Sandra is now living happily with her children.