We see the ongoing hardship and struggles of so many women who have either experienced family or domestic violence in the past, or are experiencing it in the present.
These women suffer in many ways; physically, emotionally and mentally. All, which predisposes them to further issues such as mental illnesses, substance abuse, financial hardship, parenting difficulties, poor family management, unstable living situations & often homelessness.
Many are dealing with multiple agencies i.e., family court, child custody & parenting disputes, child support agency, Centrelink and Department of Child Protection.
Often, these women live with ongoing threats from former partners and also regularly engage with Police and courts, where VRO's (Violence Restraining Order) are necessary and critical to their survival. For these women and their children, there is a constant state of high vigilance & constant fear.
The combination of unresolved trauma & complexities of managing their own lives as well as their children's, mixed with constant feelings of unworthiness puts many women at high risk to themselves and others with poor life outcomes.
Every week, a woman is murdered by a partner or former partner
1 in 4 women have experienced at least one incidence of violence from a male intimate partner (2.2 million)
Family & domestic violence continues to be the largest cause of preventable death, disability and illness
Family & domestic violence costed the Australian economy 22 billion in 2015-2016
Every two minutes, somewhere in Australia, police get a domestic violence call-out (5,000/week)
Every hour an assault will be reported
Family & domestic violence resulted in 72,000 women seeking help from homelessness services during 2016-2017
The Peel region has one of the highest rates of family & domestic violence in Western Australia, accounting for 12.7% of the states total