Betty

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"I first experienced homelessness 13 years ago when I fled an extremely violent relationship. I had no way of supporting myself and had to keep moving between squats and terrible places to keep away from my ex-partner. I existed with no real home for several years, constantly in fear and resorted to alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism.

"Without the help of Framework I don’t know where I’d be. I remember a Christmas where I was staying in an emergency night shelter that was set up because of the snow. This year I’m hoping that I can spend it in my own flat as I have the support I need and I’m ready to move on.