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AB - Clwyd Alyn Women’s Aid

AB, a 25-year-old female accessed Refuge provision, through the Live Fear Free Helpline.

AB sought sanctuary following a serious incident where she was physically assaulted, thrown down the stairs and knocked unconsciousAB was fleeing her partner, who had been emotionally, financially, physically, and coercively controlling throughout their 5 year relationship 

AB settled into Refuge life, but soon began to display unusual and concerning behaviour. Following close monitoring, and numerous discussions with the client a referral was submitted to the Mental Health team for support. Following a mental health assessment, it was discovered that AB had already had a diagnosis and had been prescribed the appropriate medication, including anti-psychotic / mood controllers. It was then discovered that the clients’ partner had been withholding her medication, resulting in the decline in her mental health. It was also noted that the client had been self-medicating with her partner in the hope she would feel better, but in fact, now had an addiction to class A substances.  

During AB’s time in Refuge, she struggled emotionally and physically with her addiction which impacted negatively on her mental healthwhich would then result in an increase in substance misuse. At times, when under the influence, the client would often engage in risky behaviour despite the potential consequences to herself. AB was extremely vulnerable and despite constant positive encouragement from Refuge staff and external agencies such as the Mental Health Team, the client continued to display challenging and inappropriate behaviour in and away from the refuge. 

Following extensive discussions between Refuge staff, the client, and external agencies – a new approach was taken, and her Individual Safety plan was amended. This contained strict do’s & don’ts that involved 100% engagement from the client. Although, improvement was slow, AB’s behaviour was noticeably improving. The client, fully engaged with CAWA and external agencies, she stopped leaving refuge without informing staff and/or her Mental health worker resulting in a reduction in missing persons reports being filled with North Wales Police. AB also began to take her prescribed medication and reduce her intake of substances, her mental health began to stabilise, and the client started to focus on her future and what she could next achieve.  

After an extended period in Refuge, the numerous struggles and setbacks, a lot of hard work, dedication and the developing of skills and personal strengths AB left Refuge to her forever home, healthy, her mental health stabilised, addiction free, with a positive outlook on her future and the next chapter of her life. 

AB: "I am so grateful for all your help as I wouldn’t be where I am now without you."

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