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Jane's story - Family and Domestic Violence

When Jane* came to Relationships Australia, she was looking for support in managing increasing stress and difficulty in her long term marriage. She did not believe that there was any domestic violence in her relationship, stating I’m not in that category”, as there was no physical violence.

After attending a number of counselling sessions, Jane* started to acknowledge the abusive patterns in her relationship and consider what changes she wanted to make in her life. She tried to talk with her partner but he did not want to change his behaviour.

Over time Jane* decided to leave her abusive partner, actively recruiting family, friends and professionals into her plan to leave. Initially she felt unable to leave, feeling trapped within the relationship and believing the negative stories about herself that her partner continued to perpetuate. With support ‘Jane’ put together a safety plan, including assessing her financial support options, working out where she would go, preparing for her partners possible response when she left, and how to keep police informed of her new location. Thanks to her careful safety planning Jane* was able to respond to protect herself when her partner’s abuse escalated once she left, resulting in him being charged with stalking and harassment.

* Names have been changed to protect our client.

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Domestic and Family Violence support services

1800RESPECT -National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

1800  737  732

ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 24 hour crisis line

02  6280 0900

NSW Domestic Violence Line

1800  656  463

Child Protection 24 hour Helpline

13 2111

Relationships Australia

1300  364  277

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