The Day I Was Charged With Murder

EPISODE 5: The Day I Was Charged With Murder

Twenty five years ago Sue’s life changed forever.

Unexpectedly and suddenly, she found herself on a murder charge. How does a person cope with this kind of ‘life shock’? The unexpected collision point which takes over your life and leaves its mark indefinitely?

In this episode, Sue talks about the traumatising events that led to her arrest, how it completely blindsided her, and the ways in which she managed to begin healing and find her way back to herself.

I felt angry with myself and then I’d feel very upset because it seemed my whole life had been turned upside down, just trying to protect myself.

– Sue

In this Episode

  • The under recognised stresses of living with another’s addiction
  • Navigating a major ‘life shock’
  • Learning to forgive
  • Finding yourself again after life-changing events
  • Transcending emotional scars to help others

Mentioned in this Episode

Life Shocks by Sophie Sabbage – book

Follow Cath at Drawn to a Story

Episode information

Music by Grant McLachlan



International Domestic Violence Resource Guide 2021


Refuge – National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Citizens Advice – Help for domestic violence and abuse

Victim Support – Help for domestic abuse

NHS – Getting help for domestic violence and abuse

Controlled, Abused and Criminalised – BBC Sounds ‘File on 4’ story

Adfam – Help for families dealing with drug and alcohol addiction

Al Anon – Family group support alcohol addiction, drug addiction and addictive behaviours

Prisoners’ Families Helpline – Support (England and Wales only)

Carers UK – Support for carers

Samaritans – FREE Help – Tel: 116 123, E:

NHS Depression Support Groups

NHS Mental Health Services

The British Psychology Society – Find a Psychologist


1800 Respect – National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service

Lifeline – How to get help for domestic and family violence

White Ribbon Australia – List of helplines for domestic abuse

Bars Between – Support organizations in Australia and NZ

Community Restorative Centre – Help to prepare for prison and court dates

Beyond Blue – Mental health support

Headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation with support services

The Black Dog Institute – Medical health resources, services and research

SANE Australia – Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am – 10pm)

Alcohol and Drug Foundation – Help and Support Services


National Domestic Violence Helpline – Domestic violence support

National Institute of Mental Health – A range of helplines

American Psychologist Association – Psychologist Finder

OR contact medical/legal/law enforcement services in your country.

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