Vanessa’s abusive childhood left her with deep emotional scars. She didn’t believe that she deserved protection, care, or love.
Content warning: the following story includes references to self-harm which may trigger unwelcome and distressing memories or thoughts.
Vanessa* experienced devastating abuse in her childhood.
She was removed from her unsafe home and came to live in a MacKillop residential care home. But Vanessa was so traumatised by the pain she suffered her behaviour began spiralling out of control.
She tried to destroy her residential care home. She threatened staff. She exhibited self-harming behaviours. Her mental health was at crisis level.
We need to be there to protect young people who have experienced the extremes of trauma and abuse. We need your help to show them they are important, they are loved, and they are worthy of support.
Please donate today to give young people a home where they feel safe, welcomed, and wanted.
Your support is desperately needed to support kids like Vanessa to heal from childhood trauma and grow to be their best.
*Names have been changed and stock images used to protect the privacy of our clients.