To seek support in a confidential setting contact me or these organisations -
FIRST STEP (Leicester)
Alliance House, 6 Bishop Street,
Leicester, LE1 6AF
Phone: 0116 254 8535
David John Di Palma –Raising Awareness of;
Surviving Physical Abuse, Mental Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Rape.
‘By openly discussing my experiences and through the promotion of relevant services and service providers I hope to encourage male survivors to seek the support they are likely to need’ ‘You can’t change the past, but you can shape the future by the decisions you make today’
My name is David Di Palma; I’m a survivor and Proud. Through my work I hope to encourage other survivors to seek the support they are likely to need. I am a survivor of ; physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse and rape. I am a former service user of First Step (Leicester). First Step (Leicester) was established in 1997. First Step is a support organisation for male survivors and their supporters of sexual abuse and rape. First Step provide free of charge, confidential services to survivors and their supporters who live in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The ‘First Step’ service enables survivors; like me, to take the ‘First Step’ towards feeling less isolated through increased personal power. ‘At the core of all ‘First Step’ services are the principles that everyone has the right to; respect, to be believed, and the right to an environment that is safe’ It is a place where you can talk to someone who is not involved in your life; someone who has no preference concerning your decisions. First Step is not about telling you what to do or how to run your life, but it is about exploring your difficulties with another person. This might mean you talk about past and present relationships. You may begin to turn your thoughts and feelings into actions that help you come to terms with your experiences and make new choices’*
“Having secretly kept the historical abuse and the associated physical and emotional scars for more than forty years, I realised that I needed to explore the best way of processing, understanding and overcoming the abuse before I was too old. As the abusers grew older and passed away the risks to myself became less, but, as I grew older, the past was becoming more difficult to keep hidden. I sought help and spent just over two years going to counselling sessions, the process difficult but necessary. Having reached the end of my personal journey (June 2019) I now have a very good understanding of the impact the abuse of the past has on the today, but I also realise that I am better equipped to deal with the present and the future. My life has now begun. My name is David Di Palma, I’m a Councillor, I’m a Company Director, I’m an Author, I’m an Abuse Survivor and Proud”
To seek support in a confidential setting -
First Step (Leicester), Alliance House, 6 Bishop Street, Leicester, LE1 6AF
Phone: 0116 254 8535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ME AND MY BRAND…. I’M A FORMER SERVICE USER OF FIRST STEP (LEICESTER). THROUGH MY WORK I RAISE AWARENESS OF SURVIVING PHYSICAL ABUSE, MENTAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ABUSE AND RAPE. www.daviddipalma.co.uk