She said despite pleas for assistance, the Australian government provided no support and left her to shoulder more than $100,000 for legal fees and support services.
“There’s financial and legal assistance available for people arrested or assaulted abroad,” Merinda said.
“But there’s an artificial boundary for vulnerable women and children on their own in another country.”
Despite multiple compelling and official reports backing Merinda’s claims of abuse at the hand of her former spouse, she said her bid for custody was denied.
After a 22-year struggle in Canada, Merinda returned home alone, “poor” and suffering from trauma-induced PTSD.
Since her homecoming, Merinda has made it her mission to prevent other innocent and vulnerable women and children from experiencing the “family, judicial and systemic abuse” that plagued her for more than two decades.