Together we can eliminate violence against women
Leaving home meant no money or a place to live for her and her five kids.
But after years of herself and her children being abused, Karen made the courageous decision to seek help.
She escaped to our Domestic and Family Violence Refuge and stayed for 12 weeks.
There, they finally felt safe.
Karen received advocacy and support with school enrolments, financial and legal matters, and physical and mental health while feeling part of a community that nurtured her relationship with her children.
They resettled into community safely and continued to receive support.
“When I came to the refuge, I still kept hearing my husband yelling at me and I couldn't sleep. We were all scared he would find us.”
Now, Karen and her family feel like part of an extended family. They're sleeping better and the nightmares have stopped.
When families feel like their world is over, our Domestic and Family Violence Service can give them hope of a life without violence.
The sad fact is, one in four children are exposed to domestic and family violence in Australia.
Each year, our Domestic and Family Violence Service provides secure, short-term accommodation and intensive support for around 45 families escaping violence in the home.