I came to Australia when I was young. I always wanted to have a big family and to become a teacher. I wanted my family to be safe and full of love, but that’s not how life is. It is hard to protect them from what happens behind closed doors.
It (the abuse) was never physical, but my husband would never let me spend money on myself, or my boys, even though I was the only one working. He would say small things about me that made me feel worthless. I felt like I was letting my kids down and was not taking care of them.
This started to spill over into my work through COVID. I started to think I was worthless as a teacher and a mother, and that life for my kids would be easier if I was not around; like I was a burden to them and my husband.