Jane is a Yorta Yorta woman who experienced family violence in her 20s, too scared to tell others as she was afraid they wouldn’t believe her. Now Jane loves her life and feels she can depend on herself.
I was too scared to go to people (for help) because I thought they would not believe me.
Jane is a Yorta Yorta woman who experienced removal from her family as a child.
“I was too scared to go to people (for help) because I thought they would not believe me.”
A relationship in her 20s turned abusive after 6–7 years when her partner became domineering. He inflicted fear in her, and Jane felt too scared to tell other people what was happening, afraid that they wouldn’t believe her. After 23 years, Jane left the relationship. Now she loves her life.
“I can do whatever I want to do … I can depend on myself … I’m going to make sure the other half of my life is brilliant.”
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