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.
I believe in the ‘power of naming’ as an effective strategy to break the silence about violence and abuse. Through our shared stories we discover new meanings and build strong connections that challenge the divisive tactics of violence and abuse and overcome the resultant isolation and self-blame experienced by women and children. Never underestimate the power of a story to create change.
What drives me is my passion for the empowerment of African women, and the need to see that every African woman in Australia is treated as a person who is part of the Australian system. I would like to quote Madeleine Albright: ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ This emphasises my belief in the importance of assisting and encouraging women to learn to help themselves.
We are committed to combatting all aspects of human trafficking, slavery and unlawful exploitation of persons, including forced marriage. Crimes of these types exploit the weak and vulnerable for personal gain or profit. The AFP works as part of a comprehensive multi-agency strategy to ensure an effective approach is taken to prevent further instances of trafficking, protecting and supporting victims as well as prosecuting perpetrators.
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The Americans tend to refer to domestic violence as domestic or spousal ‘abuse’. I think that this term encapsulates so much of what violence against women is about. It is much more than physical abuse. It is also the abuse of a relationship, of love, of trust, of financial inequality, of a family structure, and the fear of shame by the victim that can lead to feelings of helplessness and isolation. My aim is to expose such perpetrators for what they are and to give support and protection to victims so that they can live freely and be themselves.
The common thread of humanity binds us all and what we do individually affects the whole world. Dignity is one of our most important human qualities and it is very important to honour it in all our relationships and international engagements.