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Help mums and babies escape violence

you can help mums and babies feel safe

Pregnancy is one of the most dangerous times for women experiencing family violence.

With the help of our generous supporters, like you, Berry Street can provide more critical services like The Village - a safe place for mums and babies fleeing family violence where they can access specialist support.

When Beth* told her partner that they were going to be parents, he didn’t respond with a loving hug. Instead, his response was full of anger and led to the inevitable violence Beth had come to expect.

Beth was in the most distressing position you could imagine. In an abusive and violent relationship, expecting her first child. Isolated from her support network, she felt desperately alone.

She had no friends or family to turn to – no support network around her. The most dangerous time for a woman escaping family violence is when she decides to leave. Beth was frozen, she didn’t know where she could go or what could she do to protect herself and her unborn baby.

In Australia, 1 in 4 women experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner** and many instances of violence go unreported, so the problem is likely to be greater than we know.

But today, you could break this devastating cycle by funding more services like The Village – where mums can live free of danger and children are set up for a bright future.

At The Village, there is safe, comfortable accommodation for mothers and their infants – with a whole ‘family’ of specialists and mentors onsite. Beth had all the support she needed for parenthood.

There were parenting and independent living classes, so Beth learned how to build a healthy sleeping routine for her baby. She developed vital skills for the future, like managing a household budget and learning how to prepare healthy meals. And with specialist counsellors and psychologists, Beth began to slowly recover from her trauma.

I felt safe as soon as I arrived at The Village. For the first time ever, I felt like I wasn’t alone. There were other mums who had the same kind of experiences as me.”


With your gift, you can help more mums and babies escape family violence.

Support us by giving a one-off gift


Can help buy clothes and essentials for mums and babies, fleeing from family violence.

Can help recruit more specialist family violence case workers and counsellors.

Can help expand the accommodation at The Village, so even more mothers have a safe place to raise their children.

Or your choice of a special gift.

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Your donation can help give children a brighter future.

Your donation can help us provide safe homes.

Your donation can help us recruit and train foster carers.

Or your choice of a special gift.

*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy. The models and volunteers pictured are not connected to the case study.

** Department of Social Services: National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children (2019)