Jodie’s story

Jodie* is only nine years old, yet she has witnessed violence between her parents, and has been physically abused herself on a number of occasions.

Jodie shows significant signs of trauma. Her behaviour is extremely challenging and violent at times, and as a result she has been excluded from school, despite having above average IQ and advanced speech and reading skills.

When we met with Jodie, she described herself as “bad... the kids at school are scared of me... I must be bad.”

After ensuring that Jodie and her mother are safe, Berry Street is working with Jodie in regular therapy to develop a sense of her own self-worth, along with developing a plan with the school for Jodie’s return to full-time attendance.

Jodie is starting to show the signs of emotional healing. She can now express that she is a good person, and is developing social skills, allowing her to make friends for the first time.

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Berry Street helps children heal and recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect through programs such as our Take Two intensive therapeutic program, counselling and outdoor adventure programs.
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Berry Street Victoria Incorporated (ABN 24 719 196 762) is a public benevolent institution with endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Berry Street is also a Tax Concession Charity, holding income tax exemption under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, and is a Registered Charity with Consumer Affairs Victoria (Number 10925.12). Thanks to the models who appear in our images to protect the identity of our clients. Names in client stories have been changed also in the interest of protection and privacy.