In Conversation with Sarah Peace, Australia
Hello, I’m Sarah , wife and a mother of two. Im 33 yrs old and based out of Melbourne. My main role however, is primarily as a wife and mother and that is the role I thoroughly enjoy. My faith is what propels me to live this purpose driven life and to set up goals and look to achieve a lot of those goals in this short life that I have.
It was just a good will gesture for one of my birthdays. I’ve already had this passion for women affected by domestic violence for a long time. I was the child in the domestic violence home, my mother didn’t necessarily have anything, she was quite safe compared to other victims of domestic violence . I think seeing first hand, the effects of domestic violence, I just have always had this passion within me to say no to domestic violence. I know I was born to be a voice for women and children. I looked into setting up a not for profit organisation in Melbourne and put all the processes in place and from there was the birth of Grace.
On average, one woman a week is killed by her partner or former partner here in Australia. Current estimates are that, 1 in 3 Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15, while 1 in 5 has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. More than 3 quarters of Australian Women who experienced violence from a cohabiting partner said that her children were either privy to the violence or heard the violence.
Violence against women is strongly linked to gender inequality and there are certain forms of gender inequality that consistently predict, or drive high levels of violence against women. These include beliefs and behaviours reflect disrespect toward women, low support for gender equality and endurance to rigid and stereotyped roles, relations and identities.
Reporting Abuse and Repercussions to Be Prepared For
No matter what the consequences or situation, she should report the abuse. She should speak to somebody who she trusts, whether it’s her family member or her local GP. If she has a small child or new born in her care, maternal and child health nurses are also trained to discuss domestic violence abuse. She should find someone who she personally trusts and can confide in and discuss what she’s experiencing at home. Professionally it’s similar in that, seeking counselling and reporting the abuse to the police so they can assist her when she’s made the decision for an intervention order to have the perpetrator removed from the home. It’s the police who could assist in that matter.
Be prepared for the perpetrator to use what ever he can to manipulate the situation because research suggests that perpetrators of violence against women tend to be narcissists in their personality type. So, there is that coercive behaviour manipulation which the women should be prepared for, and being in that relationship, being in that violence cycle, she is familiar with his manipulative ways.