Stories of hope and change

“I Wanted Better for my Children”

I was the eldest of three girls and from what I can remember we had a pretty good life in the early years of growing up. We had a small family, my mother had...

No-one Deserves to Be Treated Badly

I've been thinking a lot lately about a life of abuse, and what has been the core factor in helping myself - and others I've spoken to - to lead a better ...

Take the Step to Speak Up

Growing up in my family wasn't easy. I was the eldest child and never fitted into my family. My mum loved her dogs and spent so long with them that ...

Life Beyond Abuse

I was living with my mother and two younger brothers. My dad passed away 10 years ago this year. I had grown up with abuse all my life but after my dad passed..

See the Signs - Call 111

In 2009 I met a guy who was perfect in every way. I was truly in love and yep, as the cliché says, love is definitely blind....

Overcoming a Hard Upbringing

Ever since the age of 6-8 months I have been in Child Youth and Family care. I have had more than 20 placements and over 21 caregivers....

There is Hope

Growing up in my family wasn't easy. I was second youngest in a blended family. My mum loved her drink and drugs. My dad worked long hours to support us....

Book Gives Hope for Change

“I was carrying out a support visit recently. The incident report told me that a woman had called the Police during an argument with her partner....

Leaving sexual abuse behind

I was about five years old when my 13 year old half brother began to sexually abuse me and my older sister. I was nine and he had finished school and moved ...

Violence stops here!

I remember meeting Mum’s partner in 2004, let’s call him *Beau. Everything started off sweet for the first year, until he got into the drinking and going...