Homelessness was a safer option than staying in a violent home
Thousands of Australian families and children have lost their homes because of domestic violence or another crisis.
They’re frightened, desperate and sleeping wherever they can – often in places that are unsafe or unliveable.
When Amy’s partner became violent, she knew she had to escape for the sake of her three children – Lily, 9, Aiden, 7, and Emma, 3.* But with no job or family to turn to, it was a terrifying step.
First she fled with her kids to a cramped one bedroom unit. But when that was sold, Amy and her young family were evicted and had no choice but to sleep in their car. They were eating packet food and washing in the toilet block at a nearby park.
Amy felt trapped and utterly hopeless. With barely enough money for food, she didn’t know how she’d ever give her children a proper home or the future they deserved.
“When I told the kids Mission Australia had found a place for us, Lily said, ‘Mum, I don’t care if it doesn’t have any curtains or windows, it’s going to be our home.’ They were so happy. It was very humbling.”
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Amy’s family is now independent, but so many others still need your help today.
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