Sarah’s husband abused her emotionally and psychologically throughout their ten-year marriage and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave.
‘…I WAS A TERRIFIED, EMOTIONAL, NERVOUS WRECK COMING TO TERMS WITH A LONG HISTORY OF ABUSE…’
When he seriously assaulted Sarah, Victoria Police applied for an intervention order on her behalf and she was granted a one-year intervention order.
A Women’s Health West case worker developed strategies to keep Sarah and her children safe, including working with police to implement the extreme risk client strategy to manage her risk and ensure their safety.
“MY CASE WORKER WENT THROUGH A CHECKLIST WITH ME TO PROPERLY IDENTIFY THE MAIN CONCERNS…’
Sarah’s ex-partner’s relatives harassed Sarah at court so her case worker arranged for her to give evidence via video link and put her in touch with a community legal centre that organised a barrister for her. Sarah was granted a full three-year extension of the intervention order.
“I KNOW THERE IS NO WAY I COULD HAVE DONE THIS ALONE.’
*Not her real name
If you are a victim of family violence, there are many services that can support you, you are not alone:
Women’s Health West: 9689 9588
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre: 1800 015 188
If YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL THE POLICE ON 000