Victim’s story shows the need for accommodation
WHEN Mary* fled an abusive relationship she didn't know where to go.
Her former partner had been raping her every night while her children slept.
Her only solace was in taking a long bath, until one day he came through the window and pushed her head into the water between her knees. That's when she got the courage to leave.
She stayed with a family member for a few days but his wife wasn't very understanding and Mary soon found herself feeling suicidal.
Mary rang DV Connect and although she had to wait a night, managed to get a place in a shelter at Gladstone, away from her home town.
Even though she knew she was somewhere safe, Mary still felt terrified.
"There was a window and I was worried he would find me and come in through the window," Mary said.
"If I hadn't been able to go into the shelter I don't know where I would have ended up.
"I probably would have been on the streets to be honest because I had no where else to go."
Mary spent a month in the shelter, waiting for safe long term housing through the state government.
"If I had to wait longer, it would have been horrible."
* Her name has been changed
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