K: Very small ambitions! But we did pull it off, other than the safe house. By 1991 the phone line had been running for a year, for 3 days a week. It was run by the committee & volunteers, with specific training put together by professionals on the committee, and proper boundaries and police checks to make sure we ran it properly. We had therapy delivered by volunteer trained therapists, and a monthly drop-in – in the time I was there we helped thousands of women.
We supported a lot of women who were self-harming too, which was quite a new phenomenon at the time (at least for me), and a lot of suicidal women. We worked with women who had been abused by people who were very high up in society, too – in the same way we would support anyone else. The damage is the same.
C: How did survivors find out about the service and get in touch?
K: People could refer themselves in, and we had a membership system to support our work and for people to get the magazine, “Speak Out”. We had newsletters and leaflets, we wrote press releases. We were invited to speak at international conferences, and we held our own conference too, at the Brighthelm.