Education, knowledge and awareness are the three key factors I focus on in my seminars on violence against women. Working predominantly with young men and women in senior secondary schools and universities, I am passionate about facilitating discussion in this area. I firmly believe this process can collectively reduce physical and sexual violence against women.
It is every woman’s human right to live a life free of sexual assault and domestic violence. However, if she is subjected to any form of violence, it is equally her right to receive compassionate assistance in her recovery and full redress for the crime through the criminal justice system.
Violence against women is preventable, and yet it continues to destroy the lives of women and families in epidemic proportions. The statistics are not slipping. It is a widely misunderstood issue and people don’t realise how insidious it truly is – it doesn’t just impact the victims of violence but their families, workplaces, communities, and our economy. Working with victims of violence on a daily basis reminds me that it’s not a certain ‘type’ of woman who is susceptible, it doesn’t discriminate based on location, race, wealth, class or religion. This can happen to anyone.