Turning Sara’s Life Around

35 year old Sara arrived at our shelter after ending her 14 year marriage. The trauma of her miscarriage caused by violence finally gave her the strength to leave. As Sara talked with her caseworker, their eyes never met as Sara was too ashamed to interact with anyone.

 

A prominent and successful local business owner, Sara had met her Australian husband while he was holidaying in Thailand. Treated like a queen, Sara married him and then boarded an aircraft farewelling family and friends to begin a wonderful new life here.

The violence began immediately. By day a highly regarded businessman at the top of his game, by night an alcoholic beating his wife on a daily basis. He controlled everything in her life. Her daily cleaning job was organized through his company and her wages went directly to him so she lost any financial independence. Completely socially isolated and without opportunity to improve her English skills, absolutely no friends were allowed by her possessive husband. There was no family support as communication was controlled and they were back in Thailand. Everything Sara did around the home was criticized including her masterful cooking skills.

Greeted with care and love on arrival at our shelter, Sara finally opened up to our caseworker. After 14 years, Sara thought it was normal to always be put down and live with constant violence. Within three days of arrival at our shelter, a case plan to turn around Sara’s life had been prepared, including English classes, TAFE courses and soon a scholarship began at Two Good* using her remarkable culinary talents.

Caseworkers also recommended a claim to Victim Services, a government financial entitlement for all DV survivors, to create a nest egg for Sara’s future. Despite their best attempts to convince her otherwise, Sara declined. In her words, “I would prefer to walk away with nothing than to accept anything from him. I want to start a new, better life afresh, free of any connections to him.”

Just before last Christmas, Sara was ready to leave our shelter and caseworkers assisted her move to a convenient, comfortable transitional housing where she will be regularly receiving Outreach support.

Thanks to excellent mentoring, skill and dedication, Sara recently successfully completing her three month Two Good scholarship. She was recognized as a star in Two Good’s kitchen and offered full time work. Word spread of Sara’s amazing talents and premier city fine dining restaurant is now her employer.

“While there are still challenges in Sara’s life, we are so proud of her and everything she has achieved,” comments Hylette Evans, Shelter Manager. “She is an inspiration to all of us.”

*Two Good make and sell celebrity chef designed lunches.
For every lunch sold, one is donated to Domestic Violence Shelters around Australia

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