A mum fighting for a community free from domestic violence, is all the motivation Tracey Morris needs to know she’s made the right career training choice.

After escaping a violent marriage, overcoming significant health hurdles and dealing with PTSD, Tracey Morris made the decision to study Community Services with the aim of helping others who have experienced living in such circumstances and are dealing with the ongoing effects of family violence.

“I had only been talking about it with my brother in the week leading up to an Open Day and then the thought escaped my mind. It wasn’t until I was in the car after doing some shopping on a Saturday that I drove past the Warragul TAFE and noticed it was an Open Day. I parked the car and enrolled on the spot,” Tracey recalled.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about going into study. With everything going on in my life; the post-separation abuse, the court battles and medical diagnoses of my children, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to commit myself 100 per cent.”

Tracey said the teachers and the Student Services team were amazing in supporting her throughout.

“They were all very supportive of my personal needs and commitments and supported me whenever I needed it and they were always there just to be an ear to listen.”

Tracey says the personal belief in herself is “the biggest personal success she’s had”.

“A developing understanding of who I am as a person and what I have to offer the world around me, is a great feeling.”

Tracey Morris most enjoyed the adult interaction and the learning from others, as well as the breadth of experience and industry knowledge that the teachers brought to the course.

To anyone second guessing enrolling into a Community Services course, Tracey’s advice is that it’s an incredibly worthwhile journey with supportive educators and social workers to help guide you along the way.

See all community services courses that your local TAFE offers here