When Kate first got in touch with Windermere she knew she was in trouble. She had been trapped in a violent relationship for years, and things were now at an all time low.
A relative had recommended that Kate contact Windermere for assistance. At first Kate was unsure about doing so. She had previously sought family violence assistance from another organisation and had not received the help that she needed.
However, after meeting with a Windermere Family Violence case worker, Kate started to believe that a new life might be possible.
Kate’s husband was a drug addict and had been in and out of jail throughout nearly a decade of marriage. Although he had promised to change, he was becoming more violent towards her.
Realising it was now or never, Kate made the courageous decision to move out of her home along with her six year old daughter. In order to do so Kate knew she risked becoming homeless. She would have to leave not only her home, but most of her belongings, behind. Fortunately a relative was able to offer the two temporary accommodation.
Windermere also assisted Kate to obtain long term priority housing for herself and daughter, Abbey. As her husband had destroyed or sold most of her things Windermere also provided special grants for new standard household appliances such as a fridge and washing machine.
Due to Kate’s circumstances she was relocating to a completely new area. This meant she and young Abbey had to re-establish themselves amongst a new community and school.
Unfortunately Abbey was suffering from trauma as a result of her experiences. So Windermere also organised for both Kate and Abbey, to receive ongoing trauma counselling.
“Abbey is doing a lot better now. She was born into chaos and developed her own coping mechanisms. She does have bad separation anxiety but she is getting help for this,” says Kate.
Kate says that her life is now a lot calmer and she is grateful for the assistance Windermere provided. She encourages others to seek help if they need it.
“If you are in touch with particular agency and it is not helpful just push to go through someone else if possible. You should not be forced to go with a certain person as you need to have trust in them,” says Kate.
Kate and her family are still working through challenges, but she now knows she can make her own decisions about her future and get Abbey the support she needs.
“It’s just a matter of taking things day by day” says Kate.