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Finding Freedom

Often, the Disbursement Fund helps to pay for little things that make a big difference.

When Ndaya was just 11, she was acquired as a sex slave in an African country. At 13, she was 'given' for marriage, had several children and was subjected to serious and ongoing sexual, verbal and physical abuse. Eventually, the family ended up in a refugee camp before migrating to Australia. Ndaya separated from her husband but they remained living under the same roof. The abusive nature of the relationship continued, and the client obtained DVOs. Ndaya could not obtain a copy of the marriage certificate. Pro bono lawyers helped her to apply for nullity, rather than divorce, based on Ndaya’s age at the time of the marriage.

Support from the Disbursement Fund enabled Ndaya to pay the filing fee for her annulment. Ndaya was very relieved to receive with the outcome and she is now ready to focus on her children and their future.


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