I live in North West Tasmania. I have written two memoirs (Whose Life Is It Anyway? Recognising and Surviving Domestic Violence and Whose Life Is It Anyway? Leaving a Violent Abuser The Sequel), the first concerning my seventeen-year relationship with an abuser; the second book continues my story after leaving the abuser, taking my three children with me. What follows our leaving is a six year fight for custody of these children through the Family Law court system.
Due to a physical disability I can no longer work, so I devote my time to advocating for victims of family violence, through a not-for-profit Tasmanian organisation named Engender Equality. My role as an advocate involves speaking at domestic violence events, radio and television interviews, and I campaign for law reform in Tasmania. I have a regular column in the digital Forty South magazine writing for Tasmanian Voices.
Deborah Thomson is presenting the session Writing, Health and Advocacy, with Grace Williams.
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