(J) I phoned a national men’s helpline and told them what had happened and how I felt. My partner was very controlling and had started to threaten to hurt me. The helpline reassured me and referred me to The Elm Foundation that helps male victims. The worker, phoned me back and undertook a risk assessment with me and said that she would ring me back the next day to confirm if I could be allocated a place in their male refuge.
Thank fully I was offered a place and she spoke with my local council to arrange for them to organize bed and breakfast for me so that I could travel to Derbyshire the following day. I was very nervous during the train journey as I did not know what to expect, but the worker rang me to check I was alright.
I probably felt more nervous as I am from a LGBT back ground and I was concerned about what the refuge and other tenants would be like. The Elm Foundation arranged a taxi from the train station to the refuge and I was met there by a refuge worker.
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