12 episodes

Through ten captivating episodes, There’s No Place Like Home pulls back the curtain to reveal the nature and impact of domestic and family violence in Australia. Told in survivors’ own words, each episode tells the story of ten extraordinary people who generously share their most intimate thoughts, feelings, and experiences with you.

Sometimes it might be hard to listen. Hard to front up to the truth of abuse that happens behind closed doors in homes around Australia. But we absolutely must listen. Only through listening will we be able to comprehend the sheer scale and individual nuance of how domestic and family violence is perpetrated in Australia and the damage it does.

There’s No Place Like Home is hosted byTarang Chawla, whose sister Nikita was killed by her partner in 2015. Tarang brings his lived experience, empathy and understanding to the fore as he presents an unflinching assessment of the current situation and explores the possible solutions.

With compassion and clarity, There’s No Place Like Home articulates a vision for an Australian future in which domestic and family violence has been eradicated. An Australia that may be within our grasp, if we choose to listen, learn, and work together, building on the incredible initiatives already underway.

This is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank, which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.

There’s No Place Like Home drops 22 February 2022. New episodes drop weekly.

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Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

If you are experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 at night.

The Men’s Referral Service is offered by No to Violence and provides assistance, information and counseling to help men who use family violence. They can be reached on 1300 766 491.

The Kids’ Helpline is a free, private, and confidential, telephone and online counseling service specifically for people aged between 5 and 25. They can be reached on 1800 551 800.

If you're a CommBank customer who has been impacted by domestic and family violence and need assistance with your banking, you can speak to their specialist Community Wellbeing team who provide confidential support to help customers with their immediate banking needs. You can call a Community Wellbeing specialist on 1800 222 387 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (Sydney/Melbourne time – excluding public holidays). 

In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.

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Through ten captivating episodes, There’s No Place Like Home pulls back the curtain to reveal the nature and impact of domestic and family violence in Australia. Told in survivors’ own words, each episode tells the story of ten extraordinary people who generously share their most intimate thoughts, feelings, and experiences with you.

Sometimes it might be hard to listen. Hard to front up to the truth of abuse that happens behind closed doors in homes around Australia. But we absolutely must listen. Only through listening will we be able to comprehend the sheer scale and individual nuance of how domestic and family violence is perpetrated in Australia and the damage it does.

There’s No Place Like Home is hosted byTarang Chawla, whose sister Nikita was killed by her partner in 2015. Tarang brings his lived experience, empathy and understanding to the fore as he presents an unflinching assessment of the current situation and explores the possible solutions.

With compassion and clarity, There’s No Place Like Home articulates a vision for an Australian future in which domestic and family violence has been eradicated. An Australia that may be within our grasp, if we choose to listen, learn, and work together, building on the incredible initiatives already underway.

This is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank, which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.

There’s No Place Like Home drops 22 February 2022. New episodes drop weekly.

Subscribe now.

Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

If you are experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 at night.

The Men’s Referral Service is offered by No to Violence and provides assistance, information and counseling to help men who use family violence. They can be reached on 1300 766 491.

The Kids’ Helpline is a free, private, and confidential, telephone and online counseling service specifically for people aged between 5 and 25. They can be reached on 1800 551 800.

If you're a CommBank customer who has been impacted by domestic and family violence and need assistance with your banking, you can speak to their specialist Community Wellbeing team who provide confidential support to help customers with their immediate banking needs. You can call a Community Wellbeing specialist on 1800 222 387 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday (Sydney/Melbourne time – excluding public holidays). 

In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.

    10. Deborah

    10. Deborah

    There is an emotional journey that happens after abuse. It isn’t quick but rather long and winding. For a survivor of domestic and family violence, what does that thorny path to long-term recovery look like? How do you retrieve, revive and redefine your sense of self?In the final episode of There’s No Place Like Home, you’re going to meet Deborah. Deborah is an incredible advocate, an author and a mum. Nineteen years ago, she and her three young daughters escaped her abusive husband with just $100 and the clothes they were wearing.Today, Deborah has been out of her abusive relationship for a year longer than she was in it. She has a new life with a partner who is loving and kind. Her daughters have had counselling and are all grown up now. Deborah’s life is much bigger than the worst things that have happened to her.In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home we ask what happens to victims of domestic and family violence who do survive. With the help of Deborah, as well as experts and advocates, we’ll learn what it takes to recover financially, physically and emotionally - and to reclaim one’s life.


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    Buy Deborah's books, Whose Life is it Anyway?A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival and Whose Life Is It Anyway? Leaving a Violent Abuser
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    Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000There’s No Place Like Home is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    9. Amani

    9. Amani

    Amani was pregnant with her first baby, in 2015, when a cousin called her. Her cousin was panicking and through a jumble of mixed up sentences, told Amani to go to the hospital.

    It was there that Amani learned her father had murdered her mother, Salwa. He had killed his wife of 28 years in a violent attack.

    Both Amani and her sister Nour, have joined us for this episode of There’s No Place Like Home. Today we ask ‘what’s next’ for survivors of partner violence - and also the loved ones who are left behind.

    Amani is a remarkable woman. Not only has she been forced to comprehend her grief in a very public way, but she has been able to do so while creating some truly beautiful art.In this episode and through her acclaimed creative work, Amani gives us the chance to go inside her world - inside her mother’s world - and better understand the complex realities of domestic and family violence.


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    Keep up with @Futurewomen on Instagram and Twitter and stay in touch with hashtag #TNPLH
    Buy The Mother Wound and follow Amani Haydar's work on Instagram
    More information on Commbank’s Next Chapter
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    Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000 There’s No Place Like Home is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    8. Carly

    8. Carly

    In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home we introduce you to Carly. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Carly is the CEO and co-founder of Deadly Connections, a not-for-profit organisation that breaks the cycle of disadvantage and trauma for First Nations people through transformative justice.

    In her work, Carly taps into wisdom borne of her own lived experience as a domestic and family violence survivor. And she does that work alongside the man who once perpetrated violence against her, Keenan Mundine.

    Together, Carly and Keenan use their experience and expertise to help other First Nations people transform their lives for the better.

    This is a particularly complex and nuanced episode of There’s No Place Like Home. In it, we explore a restorative justice framework and how it might offer a more responsive and fulfilling outcome for some. It’s about giving victim-survivors back their autonomy and power, when a court process might leave them feeling frustrated and out of control.In this episode we’ve been led by Carly herself. She demonstrates both remarkable empathy and distance from her own situation. Carly thinks about the violence committed against her in the context of Keenan’s childhood and intergenerational trauma.


    Subscribe on Spotify, Apple or Google Play
    Visit the official website
    Support Deadly Connections and follow their work on Instagram and Twitter
    Keep up with @Futurewomen on Instagram and Twitter and stay in touch with hashtag #TNPLH
    More information on Commbank’s Next Chapter
    Join Future Women

    Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    7. Jex

    7. Jex

    Thanks to the advocacy and work of countless individuals, Australia is finally facing up to the scourge of domestic and family violence. However, the community and media attention has not been equally distributed.

    Many survivors still feel like their experiences are invisible. Members of the queer community may also be victims of domestic and family violence and some say that indifference to their stories can compound trauma.

    In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home, we introduce you to Jex. Jex is a trans man, who presented as female when he first met his partner more than a decade ago.

    Jex was subjected to physical violence as well as coercive control. But there weren’t the support services available to him that there would have been if Jex were a straight woman.

    Systems are generally built to service the majority, with insufficient care for the minority. Those whose particular needs don’t fit into a neat little box, are left languishing…

    In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home, you’ll hear from experts, advocates and practitioners - as well as Jex himself. Together we’ll unpack how to make the queer community’s experience of domestic and family violence more visible and better supported.


    Subscribe on Spotify, Apple or Google Play
    Visit the official website
    Keep up with @Futurewomen on Instagram and Twitter and stay in touch with hashtag #TNPLH
    More information on Commbank’s Next Chapter
    Join Future Women

    Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.There’s No Place Like Home is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    6. Eleanor*

    6. Eleanor*

    Eleanor* once owned an apartment in the United States, had a significant share portfolio and a very healthy savings account. She is now living paycheck to paycheck. The costs of a legal battle with her abusive former partner total more than a quarter of a million dollars.

    Eleanor* says her former partner has deliberately drawn out the court case in every way possible. It’s been three years since proceedings began. Beyond the financial burden, that’s three years spent trapped in the past, and being forced to recount the darkest time of her life as evidence.

    We’ve passed the halfway mark in There’s No Place Like Home and in this episode we explore systems abuse. With Eleanor*’s help, Future Women does a deep dive into how perpetrators manipulate the very laws designed to protect victims.

    Often, when a person leaves an abusive relationship, it doesn’t mark the end of that relationship’s story. Instead it is the beginning of a new chapter. One which can have a protracted and painful emotional and financial impact.

    In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home, you’ll hear from experts, advocates and practitioners - as well as Eleanor* herself. Together we’ll explore some of the possible solutions including specialist domestic and family violence courts. The early research on which is very positive.


    Subscribe on Spotify, Apple or Google Play
    Visit the official website
    Keep up with @Futurewomen on Instagram and Twitter and stay in touch with hashtag #TNPLH
    More information on Commbank’s Next Chapter
    Join Future Women

    Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.

    There’s No Place Like Home is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.

    *We have used a pseudonym to protect Eleanor*’s identity.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    4. Nina*

    4. Nina*

    Nina* never knew if Joe* was telling the truth. Joe said he used to be a police officer, that he still had good mates who served on the force. Joe said he knew everything there was to know about the courts.

    Nina* still doesn’t know for sure if her former partner had the skills and expertise he boasted about. What she does know is that Joe used these pieces of information to scare her into submission and silence. To make Nina* think she was alone and powerless, and that Joe had the contacts to cover up whatever he did to her.

    In this episode of There’s No Place Like Home, you’re going to meet Nina* and hear about her experience of reporting domestic and family violence to the police. You’re also going to hear from experts about the new models, new approaches and new training being undertaken in some police jurisdictions that are cause for genuine optimism about how these cases are handled.

    The odds of an arrest being made, when someone does make a complaint to police, often turn on the presence of physical injuries. If a victim has suffered visible injuries, police are up to four times more likely to arrest the perpetrator than if no injuries are apparent.

    But what happens if a victim doesn’t have physical evidence of injury? What if they’ve been subject to financial, psychological or emotional abuse? What if their physical assault left no mark? What options are available to them?

    In this episode we draw on the expertise of advocates and practitioners - as well as Nina* herself - to ask how police could be better equipped to respond to the particular needs of domestic and family violence victims?


    Subscribe on Spotify, Apple or Google Play
    Visit the official website
    Keep up with @Futurewomen on Instagram and Twitter and stay in touch with hashtag #TNPLH
    More information on Commbank’s Next Chapter
    Join Future Women

     

    There’s No Place Like Home is a podcast by Future Women, made in collaboration with CommBank which is supporting long-term financial independence for victim-survivors through CommBank Next Chapter.Content note: This podcast includes descriptions of domestic and family violence and may be upsetting to some listeners. If you have experienced or are at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, you can call the national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are not feeling safe, always call the police on 000.

    *We have used pseudonyms to protect Nina*’s identity.
    Support the show: https://futurewomen.com/theresnoplacelikehome/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min

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