*Lucy was referred to DV West Nepean from a friend who had been supported by the service previously. Lucy had separated from her partner 3 months ago and had not seen her children since she left as her partner and the children’s father would not allow it. Lucy had been sleeping on a friend’s couch and borrowing clothes as she had left with almost nothing.
Lucy disclosed a long history of physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse. Neighbours had called the Police and an AVO had been granted to protect Lucy.
Lucy also disclosed that she was self-medicating withalcohol and had recently lost her licence after she was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol. This was the reason that her ex-partner would not let her see the children. He said she was a drunk and not a fit mother.
Lucy told her case worker that she had been drinking while in the relationship but tried to stop drinking by joining AA. Lucy said she enjoyed the support from the meetings, and she was doing well and hadn’t had a drink in 2 months.
Lucy shared a car with her ex-partner and needed the vehicle to attend meetings, Lucy said he would come home late or hide the keys, so it was too late to get to meetings. Lucy said she felt helpless and soon she began to drink again trying to block out the violence.
Lucy was referred to Legal Aid by her case worker and she started the process of trying to see her children.
Lucy’s case worker secured a transitional property for Lucy and assisted her with setting up the property with a referral to Rizeup, They did a wonderful job of making a home for Lucy and her children.
Lucy was attending AA meetings and Drug and Alcohol counselling, and we could see an inner determination and strength developing.
Lucy completed the Domestic Violence Group and Parenting Group with DV West and was seeing her children 3 times a week. Lucy and her children attended social BBQ’s and we assisted with movie passes – it was wonderful to see Lucy and children making new memories together.
Lucy continued with her recovery and it has been a long court process but finally with all the information presented the Magistrate decided that the children should live with Lucy.
The Magistrate could see all the positive steps that Lucy had taken and part of that was seeking domestic violence support. Lucy’s case worker made a referral with a support letter to start safely, and she was approved.
She has secured a private rental property close to the children’s school and works 2 days a week.
Lucy has now completed one year of sobriety. She has her licence back and purchased a car, she continues to be supported by DV West which she calls her “safety net”.
*A different name is used to protect privacy