1 in 3 women in Australia has experienced some sort of violence since the age of 15 and 1 in 5 has been stalked! These facts are shocking and heartbreaking to say the least!
Women, girls, young ladies and everyone in between sometimes find themselves in abusive relationships - I don't know how difficult it would be, but I'm sure it's not easy. Thinking you aren't worth it, being scared, not knowing who to turn to, thinking you brought it upon yourself - as far as I am concerned violence is NOT on! Never! Not against women, not against men, not against anyone! Violence should never ever be an option, a "way of sorting things out" or anything along those lines. Talking is always an option. And getting out of an abusive relationship, because let's face it - everyone deserves to feel safe, happy and loved.
Kaz Cooke published an eBook called Escaping Control & Abuse: How to Get Out of a Bad Relationship & Recover from Assault and you can download it from here. Read it and think about it, especially if you are in a relationship that's not good for you.
Also consider contacting one of thee helplines if you find yourself in danger:
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Lifeline - (24 hours) 131 114
Police or Ambulance - 000 in an emergency for police or ambulance.
Mensline Australia - Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties
1300 78 99 78
Australian Childhood Foundation - Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse1800-176-453
Relationships Australia - Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners. 1300-364-277 or Vic (03) 9261-8700
Always remember to seek help and to remove yourself from people who don't treat you right - love yourself!
If you are fortunate enough to not be a part of these statistics, someone you know may not be as lucky, so lend a hand and let's break the silence and say NO to violence!
Ms Jelena xx