Justina and her two small children fled horrendous domestic abuse but don't have access to public funds. Their safe refuge accommodation ceases mid November after which they will be destitute. The children have settled happily for the first time into school and we want to give them the experience of a full term and the family a safe, warm Christmas in a welcoming refuge where the children are receiving daily therapeutic recovery support. 1635 would cover the accommodation cost to January.
Justina is from Eastern Europe and has lived in the UK for many years, supported by a partner who proved to be physically and emotional abusive. She suffered severe injuries and her children presented at refuge in a mute, cowering state which challenged even the most resilient of our key workers. The family have progressed and slowly begun to recover from the complex trauma witnessed and experienced and we believe we can further support this if we can raise funds for the family to stay.
Justina has no access to public funds because her partner isolated her as part of the abuse, which means she is not able to prove 5 year's continuous work in the UK. The charity who provided refuge in her hour of need, have funded her accommodation already for 3500 resulting in unexpected debt. Housing benefit would usually fund refuge accommodation but not in Justina's case as she is not eligible.
Justina's children have flourished whilst in refuge, putting on weight, beginning to speak and to express their worries and fears about the abuse they witnessed and experienced. If we can help Justina to remain in refuge until after Christmas we think this will give the children two more months to recover and that the experience of a full school term (where they have made friends) will help to boost their self esteem and hope for the future.