Gemma’s story

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July 15, 2016
Gemma’s story

Healing the trauma

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Gemma and her seven children were traumatised by her partner, a patched gang member who regularly forced the children to witness his abuse of their mother. They were never allowed to cry or talk about the violence they saw.

Gemma’s children showed signs of deep emotional scars from witnessing their father’s violence. Even when he was in prison, they were terrified of what he would do when he was released. The constant shadow of danger gave them nightmares and panic attacks.

Our Family Works counsellor spent a long time helping this family heal. They provided a safe place where the children could talk about the hidden secrets and dark memories they’d never been allowed to voice before. Through art therapy, the children painted and drew their pain and trauma, hopes and dreams. Slowly, they were able to become normal everyday kids again.

There is still a long way to go before these children are completely safe from harm, but they now have the courage and strength to carry on.

“We can live in fear and worry ourselves sick, or we can get on with our lives and have fun.”

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