There are many reasons why you may wish to remain in your home following the end of a violent relationship. Each person’s situation is different, and it is important that you consider what will work best to promote safety for you and your children.
The reality is that separation – especially when there has been violence or abuse in the relationship – can be complex. The prospect of managing these difficulties can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. It is important to take one step at a time; to seek support, and to focus on safety as a priority.
Some things you may like to consider doing:
- Contact DVCS to talk about a safety and support plan
- Discuss your safety plan with your children, neighbours and other relevant parties
- Consider the security of your home
- Apply for Domestic Violence Order
- Seek legal advice regarding separation/family law
- Access support around the separation – counselling, outreach services
- Report relationship changes to Centrelink
- Consider speaking with a financial counsellor
- Seek advice around tenancy issues
It may be some time after the point of crisis/separation before you feel ready to access support. This is not a reflection on your strength or coping abilities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to DVCS for support at this time; our crisis workers would be happy to talk about your support needs and assist with appropriate information and referrals.
Please contact us here should you wish to discuss your options further. You can contact us anonymously. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.