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Heather and Lucas’s story

It’s difficult to imagine how unbearable life would have to become to choose homelessness as the safer option to remaining at home.

This was the position Heather* and her son Lucas were in last winter during another drunken rage by Heather’s husband Chris.

Chris was out of control, and Heather feared for their safety. In that moment, she made the brave decision to leave.

I can’t do it anymore. We have to get out.

Heather and Lucas jumped in the car and took off. They spent the night shivering in the back seat.

Fortunately, however, Heather had a plan. She’d been meeting with a domestic violence specialist from Mission Australia, and together they’d developed a safety plan for when they were in danger.

The following day Heather met with Fiona, who cared for them and organised a room in a safe house out of town.

After years of fear, they could finally breathe.

Over the coming weeks, Fiona helped them secure longer-term housing. We supplied furniture and other items, and helped them move in to their new home.

Heather recently started a new job, and Lucas has settled in at school.

Heather knows they owe their safety and independence to generous people like you. She’s thankful for all the help they’ve received, but worries for other families with young children who don’t have any support.

Lucas and I have our lives back thanks to Mission Australia and its supporters. We’re so grateful. I wish other mums, dads and kids could get the help we did too.

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Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness

More than 114,000 people sought help from specialist homelessness services last year because they were fleeing domestic violence.1

They make up a significant percentage of the 116,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night. 2

With your support, individuals and families who have been forced into homelessness can get the help they need to regain their independence, or grasp it for the first time.

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Know someone affected by domestic violence?

Domestic and family violence is a major driver of homelessness in Australia, therefore addressing it is one of Mission Australia’s priorities.

Help is available for people experiencing domestic and family 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 other concerns, the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line is available on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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Mission Australia is a registered charity

Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.

Thanks to your support, together we helped 140,639 people in 2017 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

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In 2017, 88.8% 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 (2017) Specialist Homelessness Services 2016-17
2ABS (2018) Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness 2016
*Names and images have been changed to protect the identities of the people we helped

Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'