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All you need is a plan, a road map and the courage to press on
Monday, November 16, 2015

Being on the receiving end of Domestic and Family Violence can have a severe impact on emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.  Prolonged exposure can affect a person’s self-esteem and their ability to make decisions and manage day to day living.  Breaking the cycle of Domestic and Family Violence is one aspect to helping the families that come to SunnyKids.  Another aspect is to work with families and communities to help everyone take responsibility for their own future.

Recently “Rebecca” phoned SunnyKids seeking advice on how to handle her verbally and emotionally abusive ex-partner who also shared custody of their son on a fortnightly basis.   During the intake and assessment process, it soon became clear that “Rebecca” not only needed assistance with dealing with her ex-partner, but was also facing homelessness due to Domestic and Family Violence.  On top of this, the family car was having mechanical issues and she had debt collectors chasing her.  All of this, combined with her emotional issues after years of abuse left “Rebecca” feeling lost, confused and helpless. 

SunnyKids quickly put together a Case Management plan and advocated for Rebecca, putting her in touch with agencies such as St Vinnies, Local Financial Counsellors, Parenting Orders Program and Mediation.  Within three months she and her sons had a stable roof over their heads, a reliable vehicle and the debt collectors stopped chasing her. 

“Rebecca” also received therapeutic counselling support via SunnyKids.  Feeling more empowered, she has learned to set boundaries, resulting in communication with her ex-partner improving with the use of a communication book. 

Our vision at SunnyKids is to have a society, in which everyone feels safe, belongs and has the chance to reach their full potential.  Thanks to the intervention and case management in this case, “Rebecca” and her children are now far better equipped to do just that.

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