By collaborating with key partners, we work to ensure that all women experiencing domestic violence are supported and empowered. Together we send a clear message: violence against women is never acceptable.
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.
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.
I believe that every person has the right to feel safe and to live a life free from violence. That’s the reason I do what I do. If I can make a positive impact in someone’s life, then that’s one less person living in fear and my work is making a difference.