Open Haven is a registered charity that provides a safe and confidential place for women who are survivors of domestic violence abuse. We provide emotional and practical support, as well as help women to understand, navigate, and access all available professional services.
In 2013, a playgroup for young mums was established. In this group, 8 women were experiencing domestic violence abuse and had no where to turn. They were also struggling to access and navigate the existing services. They required emotional support and practical advice. Three volunteers supported these women and their children. This was the start of our journey.
“Sabeel, the world is a better place for the likes of you. You are courage personified.”
“Two years ago I walked through the door of Open Haven broken of spirit and desperate for help. Sabeel and the volunteers enfolded me warmly into their midst with smiles, hugs and the gentlest of care.
“Everyone at Open Haven is so caring, compassionate and empathetic. Clients are offered a listening ear and practical advice, which is exactly what I need.
“Since leaving domestic and family violence, my weekly check-ins at Open Haven’s “Open House” offer me genuine and caring support.
Recently a client who successfully obtained their driving licence through the Drive to Thrive Program was asked what it was like to be able to drive. She simply replied, “I feel free”.