Trigger warning (TW): domestic violence.

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“Get out of my house!”

That was what my mother said after I called the police. She had been violently arguing with her boyfriend for three hours. I came out of my room to find her with my two little brothers – one under each arm – and her boyfriends hand around her throat.

I freaked out and called the police, to protect the three of them. Afterwards she started drinking, she was so upset, and started abusing me. I told to leave me alone, she told me to get out.

I went.

I spent my money on a backpackers, and when it ran out, I literally had no where to go. I found myself at Launch Youth – a homeless shelter for young men like me. It’s run by Pathways, and it changed my life – it really did.

I went from an unsafe and violent house, to having nowhere at all, to Launch where I was told I was important. Worth something. Valued.

Telling my story on Ultra 106.5

I wouldn’t be here today without Pathways and the help they gave me.

I wouldn’t own a house, have a car. I wouldn’t have a child or a wife.

I wouldn’t be a professional in the community sector.

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Thank you for reading my story.

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Have you been triggered by this story? Below are some resources on how you, or someone you know, can get assistance and support through domestic and family violence: