My day to day work is interspersed with assisting victims of intimate violence to rebuild their lives.
By and large these (mainly) women rely on the generosity of neighbours and other more loosely connected supports to assist them to stay safe, until friends, family or the police arrive.
Recent events in Melbourne, where what seems to be the death of a caring man, who came to the aid of a woman, who was being assaulted, will only serve to alienate those who are vulnerable to domestic and family violence further. I say this because I predict that as a society we will pull back from helping strangers in need, even more than we did before this man’s unfathomable and confusing death. If you don’t feel safe to help, you can always call the Police. Use 000- it is an emrgency.
Ironically, my day to day work could also see me offering support to the partner and the three children who will be burying their brave partner and father, respectively. My work may also require me to work with perpetrators. It’s challenging , but they also have the opportunity to change, repair and redeem.
I will continue to work very hard to reduce violence in our community- and will not walk by.
I know I am not the only one and I hope it never costs me my life.
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