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Women's Safehouse

Unseen runs a safehouse for women survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking aged 18 and over.


This is the first stage on a survivor's long and difficult journey towards rebuilding their lives. We help survivors recover their self-esteem, build their confidence and gain key skills vital for their future independence.

Women's Safehouse - what we do

The project helps survivors to access a range of services, including:

  • Medical care and treatment
  • Counselling
  • Legal advice and assistance
  • Holistic therapy sessions
  • Education
  • Financial assistance
  • Immigration advice
  • Assistance to return home or to reside in the UK.

Says Martha, Women's Safehouse Manager: "So many of the survivors that come to us have had horrendous experiences, including forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude – they often arrive unable to trust anyone, experiencing frequent and intense flashbacks and live in constant fear.

"Our aim is to turn this around and give them their lives back by providing an environment that is welcoming, safe and supportive."

Life inside a safehouse - watch the film

What's life like inside the women's safehouse? This fictionalised account, from writer Ben S Hyland and starring Rebecca Grant, is based on interviews with staff at the Unseen women's safehouse.

Safe Space chronicles the highs and lows of supporting survivors of modern slavery - and fighting the corner of some of the most vulnerble people in society.



HARRIET'S STORY

Harriet grew up on a quiet street of a British city. Inside the house, it wasn’t quiet. Harriet’s father was violent, and would hit Harriet and her mother and little sisters. Harriet lost interest in school, and started to spend a lot of time as far away from home as possible. By the time her parents separated, she was already drinking and taking drugs.

When Harriet was 15, members of a local gang started offering her money, drugs and alcohol to take drugs between UK cities and smaller towns. She found herself with addiction issues, and being forced to sleep with gang members alongside drug running – which she was not paid for.

Too frightened by the gang's threats and manipulation to escape, it was not until Harriet was arrested on a drugs run that she told anyone what was happening to her, and was recognised as a victim of modern slavery.

Harriet was placed in the Unseen Women’s Safehouse where she was offered help for her addiction issues, alongside sexual health checks. She and her family received support to enable her to go home to them, including putting in place an outreach worker for her.

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