A book on a distressing subject aims to have a happy ending with the help of former victims of domestic abuse.
An appeal has been made for women and men who suffered violence at the hands of their partners to come forward and tell their stories.
Not only will their experiences give hope to others in the same situation, but the book will be sold to raise funds for Northampton Women’s Aid which runs a refuge for women and their children in Corby.
Borough councillor Mary Butcher, who has special responsibility for highlighting the problem of domestic abuse, said: “We have someone who is happy to produce the book but we would like former victims to tell their stories.
“We want to hear from people who had help and reached the light at the end of the tunnel. Their stories and poems will be inspirational and the book will be sold to raise funds for Women’s Aid which, like every other organisation, is facing the threat of cuts.”
Doreen Hunter is a family support worker at the refuge in Corby which caters for up to six women and their children.
She said: “As well as raising funds, the book will raise the profile of organisations, like ours, which are available to help victims of domestic abuse.
“In most cases people will not report the problem until they have suffered up to 30 attacks. We want to get the message across that there is help out there and there is support.
“People who agree to have their stories or poems included in the book will remain anonymous, but they will be helping to maintain vital lifelines for people with the same problems they experienced.
“We want to tell the good news. That people can get help and have a normal life.”
To take part in the book project contact Cllr Butcher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Companies which would like to sponsor the project can also contact her.