We work in many instances where family violence has affected the lives of the women and children that we help. Women like Gina*, who can still recall the moment when she realised what her options were:
“I knew I could either stay and end up being killed by him, or leave with my son and try and keep us safe,” Gina says.
When Gina first got involved with Anglicare Victoria, her caseworker Wendy* was not sure if Gina would fully participate in the program.
“I initially believed that Gina would not engage with the program. However, ten months on from first meeting Gina, she is one of the most engaged clients that I have worked with,” Wendy says. Gina is now a young mother with two children, a seven-year-old boy and an 18-month-old baby daughter. She resides in stable, private rental accommodation that she sourced herself.
Gina finally feels safe:
“Anglicare Victoria really helped us get back on track. I know that I can call my worker whenever I need to and she will be there for me. Anglicare has helped me and my family feel secure again.”
Although Gina and her children are now safe from family violence and on the path to their better tomorrows, there are many families out there that still need our help. Please donate today and help women and children affected by family violence find hope this year.
*Names and images have been altered to protect client privacy