Nawal moved to Australia from Kenya with her former husband who became physically violent. He promised many times to stop using violence, but it always continued. Nawal now has a beautiful life full of happiness with her daughter.
Before, he never let me have a key. Now I have my key, I go out when I want. It’s full freedom and independence.
Nawal moved to Australia from Kenya with her former husband, who became physically violent early in their marriage. He promised many times to stop using violence, but it always continued.
For the safety of her young daughter, Nawal decided she needed to leave the relationship. She made a plan and was able to escape her violent partner with the help of police and family violence services.
“Before, he never let me have a key. Now I have my key, I go out when I want. It’s full of freedom and independence.”
Now she lives independently and enjoys freedom of movement and a bright future for her daughter.
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