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The Victorian government should begin a public campaign to urge other employers to provide family violence leave entitlements to their employees, a Royal Commission has been told
Quoted from Julie Kun, the deputy head of the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Family violence leave was more powerful than just “personal leave” because it sent a message to abusers that employers and society did not tolerate their behaviour”.
The hearing was told of a woman, who was not identified, who had moved to Australia after an arranged marriage in another country and hoped to continue working as a nurse. Her husband controlled her life and made it miserable.
Her supportive employer allowed her opportunities for counselling, leave at short notice and support for further training, and she was able to leave the abusive relationship, the commission heard.
Society should accept that women who suffer family violence be given time to free themselves from the danger of violence and eventually recover.
Hills Community Aid will provide a series of small group workshops for women who have experienced domestic violence.
Workshops will be facilitated by Terrie-Ann Bolger, an experienced facilitator who has been developing, writing and delivering programs for women, like “Moving Forward”, for the past 6 years.
She has a Masters degree in Counselling and a Grad. Dip in Dance Movement Therapy. Terrie-Ann also has a passion for empowering others to discover their inner potential and obtain a healthy, well balanced sense of self.
The Laugh Stand at Harold Park Hotel is excited to join forces with Tiffany Wallis to raise much needed funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence through the Lisa Harnum Foundation.
We’re putting on a big comedy and trivia night full of head-scratchers and belly-laughs!
So get a team together, settle in for drinks from 7:30 pm, and then at 8:00 pm tackle 3 brain-busting rounds of trivia with host Lewis Scamozzi!
Then after 9:00 pm sit back, relax and enjoy an hour of high-energy comedy with host Julia Wilson (‘Stand Up Australia’), Kyle Legacy (Laugh Mob), Alex Wasiel, Arnie Pie (Arnold Luichareonkit) and Dane Hiser from hit web-series The Joke’s On Me!
Bring some cash with you for an awesome raffle with a growing list of prizes that include:
A BIG thank you to all our sponsors for donating these brilliant prizes!
See you there for a load of fun for a great cause!
Have questions about Comedy and Trivia night? Contact Tiffany Wallace
LIZ (not her real name) is a talented, articulate and confident young Hills woman who is just piecing her life together after escaping to a safer environment following six years of abuse.
The charming, successful businessman who swept her off her feet was her “knight in shining armour” when they dated. “He said the right things and did the right things.”
All that changed the day after their honeymoon when he exploded into a violent rage, destroying some much loved belongings.
”It was so out of left field,” Liz said.
Things got worse after the couple’s children were born.
“People think domestic violence is a punch to the face but there are so many other forms of abuse, stalking, intimidation and financial control,” she said.
“He’d also throw things at me and smash things.“
“I didn’t fear for my children’s safety because the abuse was directed at me, but they became very anxious watching the abuse of their mother. “I had no self-esteem. “For years I was told I was worthless and amounted to nothing without him.
“I was always a strong person before I married … I would never have thought I could have got to the point where someone else controlled every area of my life.
“People think domestic violence happens in other parts of Sydney, but it happens right here in the Hills.
“Women get stuck, they can’t find a way out and it’s not sociably acceptable to talk about it.”
She said that finding information on what help was available had been really hard.
After several failed attempts to leave home, she finally did it, but says if it hadn’t been for support from counsellor Deborah Sanasi and financial support from her mum she would never have been able to leave.
“I tried to find a lot of help in the Hills area and it wasn’t till I got to the first AVO stage in the safe room that I had access to support networks and legal advice. Until then I didn’t know what to do or where to look.”
This article first appeared in the Hills Shire Times newspaper.