Violence is the inappropriate use of power. Power is not bad in itself. However when it is used inappropriately, as in violence against women, it is important that people with positional power use it to change behaviour and attitudes.
Statistics showing the extent of domestic violence in Australia are confronting. Domestic violence is preventable, yet continues to impact the lives of women and children at epidemic rates. I want my day-to-day work with victims and my involvement in domestic violence law reform and policy work to address this problem and to foster positive change.
‘Silence is the language of complicity … speaking out is the language of change’ is my personal maxim. This resonates with my commitment as an advocate and a feminist to persist in working towards social and political change.