These are the stories of the many brave and courageous women in our community who, with the right support, have found freedom and safety away from domestic violence.
As we walk in her shoes we can learn true, practical ways to support these women and those like them to find freedom and safety. When we empower ourselves, we empower change.
He would give me a few dollars to go and get food, and I would have to keep the receipt to prove what I’d bought. One day I bought a chicken wing for myself, and I ate it quickly and threw away the evidence.
An abusive partner breaks down your ability to trust your own perceptions, so you are more likely to stay in the abusive relationship.
You don’t know what’s up what’s down, left or right, all you know is what’s in your head and you think it’s right, but you’re so confused and not sure. Others don’t believe you – it wasn’t until I recorded my partner that his friends believed me.
Domestic violence assaults rose by 9.3% in the Hunter Region over the pandemic.
There is a false assumption that once the ‘crisis’ phase is ‘over’ and an AVO has been granted, that the survivor is safe and can get on with her life. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The recovery phase is fraught with many obstacles and challenges.
We need a common language around abuse – once we can put words to what is happening it becomes real. Then we can say ‘this is happening’. We have words for it.
I’m studying now to give back and support other women. I’m doing a Cert 3 at TAFE – I received support to pay for my laptop, a printer, stationary supplies, and they helped me find employment. It’s amazing to have so much support.
Factors crucial to survival and recovery after escaping domestic violence:
- Financial independence
- Financial recovery
- Safe housing
- Safe social support
- Effective mental health support
Listen to the Spoken Word Performance
At Jenny’s Place, our mission is simple – to be there beside her and show her there’s a safe place to land. At Jenny’s Place we’re committed to keeping women and children in our community safe, housed and free from violence. We empower women through honesty, transparency, equality, compassion and decency.
We would like to thank the women in our community who shared their stories with us, which formed the basis for this piece of work. We hope it brings a sense of acknowledgement for all those who have or are, experiencing domestic violence.
We see you. We believe in you. We are here for you.
Written by Nikki Wright
Spoken by Sara Motta
Produced by Anthony Marsh
Illustrations by Liz Knapp
Soundtrack (Stories) by Jakub Pietras