Letting an abusive partner back into her life cost Heather her job, her house and even her girls.
Heather was working as a ward clerk in a hospital and living with her two daughters in a house she rented. Everything was going well – then within six months her house, her job and her girls were taken away from her. All because she let an abusive ex-partner back into her life.
She was led into the world of drugs and abuse again, something she’d been free from for eight years. She eventually managed to cut off contact with him, but it was too late. She was already sleeping in her car to escape him, with the few possessions she had left.
It was when she found out she was pregnant, that she knew something had to change. She started the process of getting clean, and stayed away from her ex-partner.
Eight months pregnant, Heather arrived at one of our homelessness services. She had camped out all night to get the first appointment in the morning. We settled her in a hotel room until a room came up in our crisis accommodation. Two weeks later her third baby girl was born.
We moved Heather to a secure block of units for women escaping domestic violence and she started working with Salvos caseworker, Angela. After living there for 6 months her girls started spending every second weekend with her.
Just before Christmas Heather moved into a permanent house in the same area and her girls were back with her for good.
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