She is another man’s mother, daughter or sister. Everyone deserves to have a home that is safe, especially children. A real man is the one who protects his family and controls himself at the time of anger.
I can only hope that in my young daughter’s lifetime, she will witness and benefit from true equality between men and women, and an end to violence against women and girls – in all its forms.
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.
Exposure to domestic violence sets up a snowball effect . . . as it continues rolling, it gathers debris, becomes bigger and more dangerous, potentially causing damage to anything that it touches. When it finally comes to a standstill, the snowball still encases all the debris it has gathered along the way.
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.
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.