Hi there, my name is Shayleena and I have a 2 year old son. He is my entire world and I love him to bits. His father and I were together for two years before we fell pregnant with him, and before I found out about my pregnancy I was planning to leave him due to him becoming quite emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. He wouldn’t let me see my friends or family. If I went out to do something and he didn’t hear from me for more than an hour, even if it was just shopping, he would be very angry when I’d get home and I would cop a lot of abuse from him. I know it was a horrible time to bring a child into the world and especially with the wrong person but I didn’t even consider terminating because of good reason. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and due to previous miscarriages I didn’t want to take the risk of it being the only chance I would get to have a baby of my own, so I took the chance. I thought he would change and treat me better when I told him we were expecting, and it did for an amount of time, but half way through my pregnancy the worst thing happened. He turned into an ice addict and became 10x worse. He threw me out of moving cars, he threw food and other things at me, he pushed and shoved me, and he put so much stress on me that I was rushed to hospital at 27 weeks pregnant with fears of being in early labour. I was so lucky that they were able to stop it and I held off from going into active labour until I was due, but the heart break and fear I felt of possibly losing my son was so overwhelming I still feel the heartache to this day. Two years and a lot of trouble later, I have finally had the strength and broken free and gotten a DVO against him and am trying to find my own place for my son and I to live safely and comfortably and even though authorities have helped me a lot it is still a massive struggle and we have barely anything. My son sleeps in a single bed with my at a family friends house and we barely have any clothes due to the fact that it all got left behind. I’ve been left in debt that I’m struggling to repay due to being blackmailed into putting things in my name for my ex partner such as fines, phone bills, car repayments, etc. I’m really struggling and I’m trying to give my son the life he deserves finally but I just need some help. I would be absolutely so grateful for the kindness of the people to please help me, even if it’s just the smallest bit, everything counts.