Learning English saved her life
Angie, a single mother working as a grade school teacher, moved to Canada with her sons to marry a man she met online.
He was not as he seemed; she endured emotional, physical and sexual abuse. She fell into depression, feeling guilty for having brought her children into the situation.
One of her neighbours encouraged her to attend language classes at Catholic Crosscultural Services when her husband was at work.
She learned the signs of abuse
As her English improved, Angie learned about the range of services offered by CCS and met a Settlement Worker in the women’s program. She learned about the signs of abuse and the resources available to her and her children. She was then connected to a Mental Health Worker to address her depression and a Transitional Housing and Support Worker to help her leave the relationship and move to a safe home.
Angie is now much happier, renting her own two-bedroom apartment, working part-time, and living free from abuse.