Don't let domestic abuse take my daughter's home

Jen Falkenau appeals for justice for her daughter and grandson: I am looking to raise funds to support my daughter and grandson to access their property rights in law.  They have a right to live and feel safe in their own home. The law says the same yet that isn’t what has happened here. The provision in law is to be able access, occupy and remain in their home free from harassment; alarm, distress,  or threat  (real or perceived) and not be excluded or obstructed in doing so. 

Please help us preserve the future as a safe and stable one for them.

They are the sole beneficiaries of this fundraiser.  need for funds is vital now to help prevent their home being lost forever.

The money donated will be actively used to fight for justice and secure their home for them. The is that, this in turn, will support others that find themselves victims of this insidious form of abuse, by bringing change for many other adults and children.  

The Back story

If you think it’s unacceptable in modern Britain that a mother and child should have their home “stolen” from them - because she left an abusive relationship  and fought to have her son with her, please read on.

When my daughter bought her house 20 years ago it was to be her forever home, her safe haven. Her childhood was one of frequent house moves and making do so when her career was established - her own home became a reality.  My daughter has spent all her working life serving the community where she lives but now, due to disability, can no longer work. The home meets her disability needs but more importantly it is about a home for life and stability for her and her son. 

After years of struggling alone to independently own,maintain and furnish her home without any financial support from anywhere else . Her now ex partner and children came to her in dire straights and owing to her generosity , good nature and belief based on assurances from her now ex partner that her own home would never be lost to her they moved in and she supported them too. 

Fast forward to recent times…...It transpires that this support was to her detriment. 

My daughter and her son have been excluded from their home by her ex partner . He then brought about steps and process to take the home in totality from her and their son. My daughter and grandson are now living in enforced, post separation poverty including homelessness.

A flawed system does not recognise that the changing of the house locks is exclusion as are the threats of / and abuse. My daughter’s ex partner has succeeded in his threat to take her home! 

What evidence is there in that outcome of a lawful, fair and unbiased process being applied? The answer is all too often “a system that is archaic and applies no weight to the reports of agencies and charities that support. Nor applies the protective “toolkit” available in such circumstances.”

The system has in itself “abused” my daughter and grandson. Not just due to limited access to Legal Aid  but has also meant that she has had to self fund until any financial resilience was depleted, deepening the position of hardship. 

All my daughter and grandson want is to go back home, to continue to live in the community where his education is; her family support plan is, where they feel safe , be safe and can access that community that has been her son's home since he was a newborn and all their belongings remain. 

Thank you so much for reading. I cannot express my gratitude to those who choose to donate.

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Jen Falkenau 
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North East England, United Kingdom
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