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16 May 2018

There are some scars you can't see

At CatholicCare we often see that family violence and substance abuse are intergenerational issues, meaning the negative behaviours and circumstances of parents set a pattern for their children that can be difficult to break. 

Tom* grew up with violence and neglect in his family, and when he finally had a family of his own, he treated them no differently. After losing his job, he began drinking and taking drugs. Soon he was taking his anger out on his family, just as his father did. 

Every day we see families like Tom’s, who struggle to cope with life’s challenges; families who need help to break the cycle of intergenerational abuse and neglect. Our programs and services create the foundation for stronger and more resilient families. Our aim is to raise $250,000 to provide support for families like Tom’s. Read more about Tom’s story and how CatholicCare has helped him to finally break the cycle and repair his relationships with his family.

*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.


Matt's Story

Matt was a typical teenager, with dreams to be an AFL star. Until his Dad left and everything started falling apart. Together we can help Matt get his dreams back on track.