The picture painted by Ann is harsh. Practicalities such as filling out police reports, going to the bank or employment office, shopping for groceries and protecting not only their children, but also themselves, are essential parts of rebuilding a life. Since Ann joined the organisation, AKH now provides kindergartens for the younger children and helps find new schools for the older children. If it’s deemed too dangerous for the children to leave the area, a teacher comes to AKH instead. Due to security reasons, the women and children at AKH have to cut all strings that may reveal their whereabouts.
This involves social relations, jobs, schools and children’s institutions. This is no easy task for any woman, and definitely not for one who is already vulnerable and mentally frail, and the staff have an important role to play. Their ambition is to make the lives of these women and children as normal as possible, while at the same time keeping their vulnerable situation in mind. While the women staying at the shelter are primarily women of different ethnical backgrounds, the women seeking help in the open office are often ethnical Swedish women, with very diverse social backgrounds.