SWSLC Case Study - free from violence

A new life, free from violence….

Penny’s story

A new life, free from violence….

 

Penny, a young Pacific Islander woman, was married to her husband for 9 years. Penny’s husband was already a permanent resident of Australia when they married. Penny was very happy to be living in Australia and happy to start her new life with her husband, child and with another little one on the way. The family moved to a three-bedroom apartment around the time of the arrival of their third child. They were so happy, her husband was working and she was busy with the two children and keeping the home.

 

Penny started to see changes in her husband after their third child was born. He would come home late from work and smell of alcohol. When Penny asked him what was going on he would become angry and abusive. This behavior started to escalate as the drinking and drug taking increased. Penny was living in fear, isolated and being subjected to physical and sexual violence and psychological and financial abuse by her husband. Penny also feared for her children as there were allegations of sexual assault to one of the children.

 

Penny had approached a member from her church and they encouraged her to contact the police. Penny rang the Police, and as a result of her action, police issued an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) covering Penny and the children, and excluding her husband from the property. Penny was referred to Bankstown Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) by BLCP. Penny was living in fear and was unsure if her husband was going to try and come into the home as he’d left still in possession of the keys to the home. BDVS had arranged to have the locks to her unit changed which made her and the children feel safe.

 

Penny now realises that her life with the children will be different, she can have a life free from violence with all the support networks in place.

 

* Names have been changed to protect our clients’ privacy

 

 

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