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Jennifer and Ruby’s story

The first time Jennifer* felt that she and her little girl Ruby were in danger, she knew they had to get away. Quickly.

But with Jennifer’s husband controlling the money, watching their movements closely and becoming increasingly unpredictable in his behaviour, escaping wasn’t easy.

Over the coming weeks, Jennifer secretly saved up every bit of loose change she could find. Finally, she had enough money to put extra petrol in their car to get them away from danger.

The next morning, taking nothing but the basics, Jennifer and Ruby drove as far as they could.

Jennifer had no idea where they were going or where they would sleep that night… or any night.

She felt guilty that Ruby didn’t have a bed to sleep in, a school to go to, or any of the normal things a child deserves.

Before long, they were forced to ask strangers to help them buy more petrol.

Most people didn’t bother to listen to them. They just kept walking by.

Finally, a generous older man agreed to help them, allowing Jennifer and Ruby to drive further from home.

But they still had nowhere to go. No one to turn to for help. No plan when they ran out of petrol again. No idea if Jennifer’s husband would track them down and try to hurt them again.

We were frightened, homeless, and all alone

Please help a frightened family find a safe home this winter.

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have experienced violence by a partner since they were 151

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in Australia

The problem is so bad that, on average, someone seeks help from a homelessness service due to domestic violence every four minutes.

About 94% are women and children.1

Families escaping domestic violence and homelessness desperately need your help. Will you please give a generous gift to help Australians in need this winter?

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Sae has experienced homelessness. Now, it's his mission to give hope to people who are homeless. Will you make #AustraliasMission your mission?

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Know someone affected by domestic violence?

If you are experiencing abuse or violence it is not your fault. There are support services that can help you. If your life is in danger, call 000. For 24/7 domestic violence counselling call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for 160 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.

Thanks to your support, together we helped 119,185 people in 2018 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

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In 2018, 90.3% of our income went straight back into delivering services that assisted vulnerable Australians.

We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.

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1AIHW (2018) Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018
*Names and images have been changed to protect the identities of the people we helped

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