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Teenagers Child Abuse Support - National


National - Kids Helpline for Teens
Kids Helpline is a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years. You can get help over the phone, email or web. Call 1800 55 1800 anytime for any reason
http://www.kidshelp.com.au/


National - Bravehearts
This page is for young people who may know someone who has been sexually assaulted, or who have been themselves.
What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is any form of sexual behaviour that you do not want or that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you are in crisis please call 1800 114 474 and ask to speak to one of our qualified sexual assault counsellors during business hours. If the counsellors are in session, they will return your call as soon as possible. For after hours assistance please call Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 11 14)
www.bravehearts.org.au


National - Bursting the Bubble
Information for teenagers about abuse, domestic violence, family violence. This website helps teenagers to work out what's okay in a family and what's not. It tells them what they can do if someone in their family is hurting or abusing them or another member of their family
http://www.burstingthebubble.com/


National - ChatFirst
A child-centred website for separated parents and their children developed by the Children and Families in Transition Project. This link goes directly to the teens section explaining abuse
http://www.chatfirst.com.au/


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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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