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 how support from The Haven was crucial to her survival and transformation.
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 and compassion in making a difference.
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 isolation, has imparted resilience and a newfound ability to help others navigate similar challenges. She discusses drawing strength from her own experiences to make a difference as The Haven’s Commercial Development Manager.
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 support with understanding what to expect and what was expected from her. Her road to justice was painfully long and frustrating. So much so that she made multiple attempts to end her life. When we spoke to her, she said repeatedly that she may no longer be alive if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support she received from our IDVA.
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 deal with the abuse, build her confidence and aspire for a better life.
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 VR therapy.
Jenna volunteered for The Haven Wolverhampton back in the 1980s. We chatted to her about how she came to work with us, how she blossomed in the role, and one memorable incident involving a lively toddler!
Twenty years ago, Wendy and her children left everything they had ever known and moved to Wolverhampton to flee from domestic abuse. She talks to us about how thankful she was for the support she received from The Haven Wolverhampton, and why she walked a marathon to give back.