'We were all stuck and hurting.'

Read about Diana, who lived in a car in the McDonald's car park with her teenage son when she first left a violent relationship.

'I don't hate my ex. But I have started loving myself.'

In our safe house, women are invited to share their comments in a guest book. Their stories offer glimpses of the horror they have experienced, and the hope and resilience they want to share with others. For many, it is the first time they have had space to reflect on the impact of the violence and the future that lies ahead.

Read some of what they say.

Children speak about their experience of family violence

Sixty five per cent of women who are in a violent relationship and have children in their care report that their child had seen or heard the violence. These are some of the things they tell us about their experiences.