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27 March 2017
So far this year the Bellarine Salvos have assisted three women out of a Domestic Violence situation. Here is a good news story written by one of these ladies (who's identity has been changed for her dignity and protection).
"My name is Lee, this is my story.
I thought I'd met the man of my dreams, the person I would spend the rest of my life with. He was everything a girl could ever want in a partner or so I thought. It started off great. I had 2 kids from previous relationships and this man was amazing with all of us, to begin with.
Well, I was definately wrong. It took around a year or so when things started going wrong. He would drink a lot and it was as though something had over taken him.
He started to become more and more aggressive towards me. He then began physical, mental and verbal abuse. Nothing I did was right and he definately let me know it. I was put down, called names, told I wasn't good enough and pushed around.
I knew something wasn't right he would do this in front of the kids, in front of family and friends. I kept telling myself 'he would change', he promised me he would. I put up with this numerous times over five years. He made me believe that I deserved it all. I felt trapped and had no way out.
The final wake up call was the Police turning up at my door to a domestic violence call out and also finding out he was cheating on me.
I finally said enough is enough for the safety and love of my kids and myself. I finally worked up the courage and wanted out.
The Salvation Army on the Bellarine came to my rescue. They had so much support for my children and myself. They helped me realise that we deserved better and God had better plans in mind also. I am so thankful to have their support by me. Captain Peter Hobbs has even encouraged me to share my story as I've always wanted to be a writer and told by my partners I was no good at it. So here's my first attempt.
Today we've moved into our own place, the children are happy and healthy. I'm slowly learning to respect myself and believing I'm a good person and deserve nothing less.
I thought I wouldn't and could't ever leave but I did it. If you are in a similar situation remember you don't ever have to remain putting up with anything less than you deserve. We are all important and special. We as women can stay strong together with support. There are many people that care, like the Salvos, you are not alone. We can do it together, you can get out."