Gemma was deprived of the chance to experience life as a child should.
Ever since she could remember, Gemma's dad beat her mother. While her older brother tried to defend her mum, Gemma took on the responsibility of hiding her younger siblings. She desperately wanted make sure they weren't hurt, but she wished she could protect her mum.
At the age of 5, brave Gemma called the police, who arrested her dad for domestic violence and drug offences. Her mum had been sick with a mental illness and was unable to continue caring for the family, so Gemma and her siblings were taken into crisis care