Opoka is a Polish voluntary organisation set up in the UK as part of a pilot run by Chrysalis Supported Association Ltd, OPOKA has been up and running now for more than five years!
Opoka helps and supports Polish women and children who are experiencing the devastating and damaging consequences of Domestic Violence and Abuse and who are often as a result suffering in isolation without knowing who to turn to, or how and where to seek help.
Our statistics tell their own story, over the past five years we have helped over 400 women and their children who have trusted and relied on our service. The hardest and most difficult first step for any person to do is to open up and to talk about violence and abuse without knowing what that will mean for their life going forward? We recognise that in the Polish community in the UK there is a huge problem with Domestic Violence and a well ingrained cultural “No Talk Rule!”, where Polish women feel that they are themselves in fact to blame and this leaves them feeling extremely isolated and powerless. These women live for many years suffering in silence from the effects of Domestic Violence before and sadly if ever they take the first step and call and ask for help. If remarkably they somehow manage to ask for help they often tell us that without professional help and finding someone in who they can place their trust, that it would have been very difficult for them to take that first step and to know how to make a life for themselves and their children free from violence and abuse.
Chrysalis Supported Association Ltd,