Unite to end violence against women
But it wasn’t Superman who finally came to their rescue.
It was yourtown, and our Domestic Violence Refuge team.
The Manager of our Domestic Violence Refuge, Karen, recalls that the abuse Sally suffered was largely psychological at first. But it didn’t stay that way.
“Over the last couple of years, the threats of violence increasingly became actual violence. Where once he used to grab her, he began to push her. Then the pushes turned to slaps, and eventually the slaps became hits and ultimately turned into non-lethal strangulation.
A superhuman intervention
Karen believes that Sally had a turning point the day that Jack saw her bruises and arranged his superheroes about her room, in a heart-breaking attempt to keep his mum safe.
She summoned the courage to reach out for help, despite fearing that her children would be taken from her.
“Sally was referred to us by a domestic violence service who had been supporting her. She was trembling when we collected her and her kids and drove them to their new home at our refuge," Karen said.
A place to heal
Our Domestic Violence Refuge consists of seven family homes set in lush countryside. It is a haven of peace, where people like Sally and their children can heal hearts, and at times, broken bodies.
Families are also given access to all the emotional, practical legal and medical support they need in order to rebuild their sense of worth and their entire lives.
A woman is most at risk of violence just before, during or after leaving an abusive partner, and 40% of women continue to experience violence whilst separated from a partner. Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women.
Each year, our Domestic and Family Violence Refuge provides secure, short-term accommodation and intensive support for around 45 families escaping violence in the home.
* Names and images have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.