I still feel like i’m finding my “blogging voice” at the moment, and i’m not entirely sure whether I want to blog specifically about a certain category or leave it open to random things. Still, I do want to share some fantastic news with you all. After a whole year (and a bit) of not having a proper job, and refusing to go back into retail, I’ve managed to get my ‘dream job’! 🙂
Although it’s only a temporary job and I have a whole load of training to do, especially as I have no real experience in the area, but it is exactly what I’ve been aiming for so I couldn’t be happier. I’m so so excited and for once in the whole of my working life i’m actually looking forward to going into work!
Plus I will be earning some real money so i’ll be able to spend on lots of goodies to blog about 😉
So what exactly is this dream job, you might be wondering. I’m excited to the point where i’m slightly giddy to announce that the position will be to work in a refuge, helping women who are fleeing domestic violence. Due to safety & security I can’t disclose much about the location nor about the job role itself but I do want to take the opportunity to write a bit about a topic I feel very strongly about – Violence against women & girls.
When I’ve previously told people that I want to work in a refuge I usually get funny looks and even my own sister had said why on earth would you want to work in such a horrible and sad place. In all honesty i’m not sure what it was that initially sparked my interest but it’ one issue that left me feeling very strongly after I had read about it.
Just to give you an idea about how serious the issue is, here are some statistics on domestic abuse taken from the Womens Aid website:
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions.
- One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.
- On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
So if you think about it, if you are in a room with three other people, it’s possible that one person in the room (including yourself) could experience domestic abuse at some point in your lives – Shocking!
It is an issue that isn’t talked about as much as it should be and it affects all sorts of people. Being Indian myself and having had a great deal of experience working with BME communities, I know that within the South Asian community in particular, the issue is buried and rarely talked about.
It can be a scary experience and perpetrators can make you feel extremely isolated. However you should know that there is always help available. If you live in the UK, Womens Aid and Refuge are the biggest sources of invaluable information and they can guide you to make postitive changes in your life that YOU want. They will never force you to do anything and will never make a decision for you.
For any information whether it is for you or a friend call (Freephone): 0808 2000 247