On Saturday 24th October, Emily Mason shaved off all her beautiful hair to raise funds for The Nelson Trust's Women’s Centre that turned her life around. Emily’s friends, family and supporters all turned up for a ‘Bewitching Halloween Night for all the Family’s Monsters’ with lots of sideshows for all the family.
When Emily arrived at The Nelson Trust’s ISIS Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square, she had nowhere to turn. She had lost everything, including her one-year-old son. She felt trapped and isolated, struggling to cope after living with an abusive partner. Her life line came when social services referred her to the Women’s Centre.
'Emily needed a lot of support but I knew she had the potential to be a great mother with the right help,’ said Centre Manager, Niki Gould
Alongside other women in similar situations, Emily received the support and family therapy that she needed: counselling; wellbeing workshops; anger management support; parenting skills; therapeutic arts and crafts classes; and, above all, a community of women who really cared and understood.
‘They helped me to feel confident looking after my son on my own, they also helped me get back on my feet after an extremely emotionally abusive relationship and realise my value to myself. I now have a long standing career and run a non-profit business in my spare time which I would never have even dreamed I could do if it weren’t for ISIS. I can’t express in words what they’ve done for me and I’m just glad that I have a chance to give something back and to help them help more women.’
Emily is now a Performance Administrator for the NHS and keen to show other women that with the right help, they can recover from domestic violence. She wants to raise awareness of domestic abuse so that more women will seek support. Women all over the world are suffering in silence. In the UK, two women are murdered by their partner or ex-partner partner each week. It is estimated that many more take their own lives as a result of domestic abuse.