SUNSHINE Coast’s most vulnerable receive unending care by Brisbane’s most trusted support service, Centacare.
Centacare’s Suncoast Cooloola Outreach Prevention and Education (SCOPE) recently helped a mother and her three children at risk of serious domestic violence.
The agency helped the family escape to a refuge with only the clothes on their backs.
The woman had been through the Family Law Courts where she was left with not only no finances from the sale of their property, but also a debt.
When she returned to the property, she discovered every item belonging to her and her children had been taken.
At the point of property settlement, the woman received a bill to pay to remove the mess and clean the property left by her former partner.
Centacare SCOPE’s Safety Upgrades Program, which provides resources to enable women and children who are experiencing domestic violence to stay safe in their own home, got involved.
After the woman moved into a new rental property with little furniture and few personal items, Centacare worked with Assist A Sista, a group of community volunteers who work together to help survivors of domestic violence to rebuild and repair by bringing hope and restoring faith.
They sourced and delivered donations to help furnish the woman’s home.
The woman and her children very much needed and greatly appreciated the delivery of the items.
She expressed her gratitude and that of her children as they felt valued to have received such generosity and kindness from Centacare and for getting Assist A Sista involved.
Centacare’s SCOPE is privileged to be invited by those most vulnerable to walk alongside them as witness to their difficult journey as they bravely commit to the hard work it takes to become safe in the face of domestic and family violence.
Centacare’s SCOPE Safety Upgrades Practitioner Angela Short said cases like the abused woman and her three children were common.
“The experience of helping others impacts on my sense of hope for our clients who not only struggle and suffer during the horrors of their experience of domestic violence, but also travel along the journey towards a safe future,” Ms Short said.
“My colleagues and I have played a part in helping them when they need us most.”
For more information on Centacare’s SCOPE please call 1300 CENTACARE (1300 236 822).