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Katie’s Story

Katie is 15 years old and has a history of self harm, she was living in a very difficult situation which involved domestic violence and controlling behaviour by her mum’s partner. The situation quickly escalated and she was terrified to go home. The very first time we met her, Katie told us about her situation, […]

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Katie is 15 years old and has a history of self harm, she was living in a very difficult situation which involved domestic violence and controlling behaviour by her mum’s partner. The situation quickly escalated and she was terrified to go home.

The very first time we met her, Katie told us about her situation, how afraid she was and how she wished she wasn’t here. We asked her what she meant by this and she told us she had thought about killing herself and had a plan to do it.

Thankfully, because of her bravery in sharing her situation, MAPS were able to support her and get her the additional help she needed.

It has been a long road but I am pleased to say there was a positive outcome, both her and her mum were moved to a place of safety, she passed her GCSE’s and enrolled in college. Katie is now enjoying life; she has made new friends, has developed a social life and is looking forward to her future, something that 6 months ago she didn’t think she had.

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