“My husband had always been violent and controlling.
One day he hit my daughter and I knew I had to leave.
I had nowhere to go that was safe and no money; Sophie’s Fund paid for a night in a hotel for us as the refuge was full.
Without that I would have had no choice but to go back home and I don’t know if I would have had the courage to try and leave again.
I now have a place in a refuge with my children and I am divorcing my husband. I feel like I am moving on with my life.”