What was the challenge?
Nadia was forced into an arranged marriage in 2011 and came to the UK in 2012, where she lived with her husband, their child and his family. Nadia had no control over her finances and was forbidden from leaving the house without a member of the family accompanying her. She spent most of her time doing household chores and when she complained, she was threatened with divorce, and told that she would lose custody of her children and be forced to return to Pakistan.
Feeling isolated and desperate, Nadia told a health visitor of her situation but was later forced to deny this when she was once again threatened. Nadia’s situation escalated following an argument with the family, and being forced out of the home with her child. Nadia took the opportunity to flee the relationship with help from her brother, and came to Glow for help.
How did Glow help?
Nadia aspired to work as a teaching assistant, so staff helped Nadia improve her education, by completing her level 1 English and maths with Staffs Housing’s Live and Learn programme. Glow also supported Nadia as she began volunteering at a local school, and began her teaching assistant course.
Staff also supported Nadia through her divorce by helping her to obtain legal advice, and attending solicitor meetings and court hearings.
To support Nadia’s move from refuge, Glow helped her to apply for homes, get household goods and obtain benefits.
What was the impact?
As a result of Glow’s work, Nadia:
- Has obtained indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- Is now divorced from her husband
- Is completely independent and has control over her own money
- Her children are happy at school and