50 Years of The Haven

As we mark our 50th anniversary, we reflect on our rich history. Since our humble beginnings in 1973, The Haven Wolverhampton has been at the forefront of transforming lives and breaking the cycle of domestic abuse. Over the past five decades, we have evolved into a symbol of strength, offering support and refuge to countless individuals seeking a life free from abuse and oppression. Our timeline tells the story of our impact, highlighting key milestones, ground-breaking initiatives, and the tireless efforts of our dedicated team.

Header image: In March 1991, The Haven was involved in organising the national ‘Women and Violence Conference Perspectives for Change’ which saw 30 agencies come together. Pictured are Diana Lamplugh – founder of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Councillor Norman Davies – the leader of the council, Professor Norman Tuff, Dr. Betsy Stanko, and Karen Holden at the conference.

10 Years of Support

1973 -1983

20 Years of Support

1973 -1993

30 Years of Support

1973 – 2003

40 Years of Support

1973 – 2013

50 Years of Support

1973 – 2023

50 Stories for 50 Years

To mark our Jubilee year, we have been gathering stories from people who have been positively impacted over the last 50 years, by the work we do here at The Haven. Thank you to all who have responded to our call for stories so far. If you have a Haven story or feel inspired by any of the stories shared below, we would love to hear from you. Contact media@havenrefuge.org.uk. More stories will be shared in the coming months here

Megan’s Story

Megan’s Story

At the height of fame for this star from BBC's The Voice, no one knew that off the stage and behind closed doors, Megan Reece was a survivor whose talent had been overshadowed by the dark clouds of an abusive relationship for years. She shares her compelling story of...

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Carolyn’s Story

Carolyn’s Story

In a heartwarming showcase of corporate responsibility, Carolyn Smith, the Managing Director of Wolverhampton-based design agency TPSquared, shares the inspiring journey of their four-year partnership with The Haven Wolverhampton, illuminating the power of creativity...

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Tracey’s Story

Tracey’s Story

Reflecting on her childhood, Tracey Secker recalls striving to please and conform, and internalising hurtful phrases like "Children should be seen and not heard" and "You talk too much," which shaped her path in life. Her journey, marked by verbal abuse, threats, and...

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Donna’s Story

Donna’s Story

Donna was referred to The Haven's Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Service for support after she was subjected to physical and emotional abuse by her ex-partner. The case was in court and she needed help with understanding what to expect and what was...

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Sadie’s Story

Sadie’s Story

Sadie was referred to The Haven after she was groomed online and sexually exploited as a young girl. She was 14 when her teacher raised concerns with the safeguarding team that she was communicating with an older man online. She talks about how The Haven helped her to...

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James’ Story

James’ Story

James was referred to The Haven Wolverhampton after he and his mom were subjected to domestic abuse by his mom’s partner.   He told us how The Haven supported him to talk openly about his feelings, and how he loved accessing Virtual Reality (VR) therapy.   VR therapy...

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