Homelessness was a safer option than staying in a violent home

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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.

Amy’s Story

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 had to sleep in their car. They were eating packet food and washing in the toilet block in 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.”

Because of caring supporters like you, Mission Australia could give Amy and her children a place to call home and the support they needed to get back on their feet.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Amy’s family is independent again, but so many others still need your help today.

Independence is precious. Please give vulnerable Australian families a safe place to call home.

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Our promise to you

Your donation will help us to support Australian families who have escaped domestic violence and are homeless.

In 2016, Mission Australia helped more than 130,000 Australians to get back on their feet and move towards independence, including more than 27,000 people through our families, children and early learning services. We can’t transform their lives without the generous donations we receive from supporters like you.

How we use our funds

More than 86% of Mission Australia's income goes towards delivering services that support Australians in need. We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar is well utilised.

Thank you.

* All names have been changed to protect the identities of the people we help.

1ABS Census of Housing and Population, 2011.

86.6%