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Imogen's Story

One in four children in Australia experiences family violence.

Donate today to prevent the long-term effects of violence on these forgotten victims.

Imogen's Story

One in four children in Australia experiences family violence.

Donate today to prevent the long-term effects of violence on these forgotten victims.

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Imogen* grew up in care, after being removed from her parents’ home due to violence. Years later, she found herself in a violent relationship raising her own child.

Sadly, when she was referred to our Cradle to Kinder program because there was a risk of her child being removed from her, she couldn’t understand why.

To her, it seemed normal that her partner would control all their finances and not let her go out without him. She felt guilty when she made him angry enough to hit her. And she believed that her daughter was too young to notice when ‘the bad times’ happened.

These were all things she had witnessed between her parents as a child.

Thankfully, regularly seeing a MacKillop worker has opened her eyes to the possibilities. She is fully focussed on gaining the skills she needs to bond with her daughter and give her a happy childhood.

Working with mother and child until her daughter goes to kindergarten gives us the time needed to break the cycle by showing Imogen what healthy relationships look like and sharing the good parenting behaviours that most of us learn subconsciously as children.

Children are not passive witnesses of violence. It can make them distrustful of adults, mean they cannot concentrate at school and make them more likely to enter violent relationship – as perpetrators or as victims – when the grow up. Become a Childhood Partner with a monthly gift to help prevent these long-term effects, or make a one-off gift to help a child to recover today.

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