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Finding the freedom to rebuild her life

After fleeing a violent partner, Bo found herself homeless while trying to care for her six-year old son, Elijah, who was being treated for Leukaemia.

Bo has learning difficulties, which makes a lot of things people take for granted much more difficult for her. She didn’t have a driver’s licence, yet desperately needed the freedom and flexibility to move around so she could rebuild her life.

Despite the barriers Bo faced, she was motivated to provide the best possible care for Elijah. She was referred to MacKillop’s Family Preservation & Reunification Response, whose Team Leader, Linda supported Bo to obtain her licence within 12 months of leaving her violent partner.

Gaining her driver’s licence has made a big difference in Bo’s ability to care for Elijah. She can now transport him to medical appointments and school and is able to search for rental properties further from public transport. She is less reliant on family members and more connected to her community.

Bo says it’s been empowering to work towards this goal, especially as her ex-partner always told her that she “couldn’t pass the test and would crash the car in the first week.”

The program has built my confidence and independence. I have found support that is actually there for me.

– Bo