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Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women about abusive relationships

Stories from women who have experienced abusive relationships

Jane: My journey to hell and back began twelve years ago.

Katherine: When his violence became much worse and was being directed at the children, I changed.

Jody: I know what it’s like to be disregarded and disrespected by the legal system.

Anna: It took me a lot of false starts, but eventually I stepped out of an abusive relationship.

Maria: It’s quite a terrible thing to admit that you have been in two abusive relationships.

Alex: I believed he wanted to change. We even went to counselling together.

Jenna: We had our good times but once we were married, his desire to control everything became more obvious.

Kaz: I began to believe that it was my fault and felt like I was in this rollercoaster that I couldn’t get off.

D: I look in the eyes of my baby girl and know that she watched every bit. It helped to be able to see the truth.

Ann: I told him to stop but he wouldn’t, and I pushed him away but he pushed me back.

Julie: After we broke up, he started to stalk me.

Sallie: Falling in love doesn’t mean the guy is right for you.

L: Now I stand up to him when he gives orders.

Kazza: Then over time, sex became more important to him than being together.

Angel: He pushed me into prostitution.

Lena: I married an abusive man who had a severe drinking problem.

Tina: It got to a stage where I didn’t know what the truth was and what was a lie.

Isobel: I felt like a dog on a chain and I couldn’t get off it.

Donna: The more I stayed with him the more it destroyed my self esteem.

  • If you are in danger call 000 or contact the police in your state or territory.
  • For confidential crisis support in Victoria, information and accommodation please call the safe steps 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188. If it is unsafe to call, email
  • For confidential phone help and referral in Australia, please contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line.
  • For free information, support, and referrals for all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, friends and family call Rainbow Door on 1800 729 367 or text 0480 017 246.
  • For support for men, call Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.