One in four women experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner, severely traumatising them and their children.
Jane* bravely fled her ex-husband to escape abuse. Determined to provide safety for her three children, Jane tried desperately to give them every opportunity to lead normal lives.
Sadly this became too hard, and whilst other kids went to school and birthday parties, her children spent their time in court proceedings and lawyer interviews.
Alone, with little income and no support structures, they desperately needed help.
That’s when Jane was referred to YMCA Open Doors at Casey Recreation and Aquatic Centre (RACE). YMCA Open Doors provides local people and families experiencing disadvantage access to the YMCA community through our centres and services.
In the last 12 months, their lives have completely turned around.
Jane’s daughter has learnt to swim, progressing and becoming incredibly confident in the water. She now realises that hard work and persistence are key to success – a lesson she is taking into all aspects of her life. With a focus on health and wellbeing bringing new purpose, Jane’s boys leave the gym feeling healthier and happier after every session.
“When everything happened, my goal was to keep my children happy and safe… and now, at the YMCA, they are,” Jane said.
“We have all come so far since those darkest days, and the YMCA has been a guiding force in our lives. It’s become our second home.”
Can you provide a second home for someone like Jane and her family?
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*Jane’s story is real, but her name and image, and those of her children have been changed. \
If you or someone you know is needing support, call 1800-RESPECT on 1800 737 732.