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Debt Accumulated During A Domestic Violent Relationship

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 16 April 2018
Period debt occurred: 
June 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

During the periods of 2015-2016 I was in a domestic violent relationship with my then partner who controlled all my finances and put me in a lot of debt over the 18 months I was with him.
I contacted centrelink in 2016 about the DVO I had placed against him as well as them providing me with a crisis payment.

Today, in 2018 I have received a letter claiming I owe them 10k during that period.
They are fully aware of my circumstances and when I tried to bring this up with the compliance officer he said he wasn't trained to "handle this type of circumstance and to call a social worker when I recieved the debt letter"

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

I have only just gotten back onto my feet and now I face financial and maybe even criminal charges over a situation another person left me in which they were already 100% aware of.