Story five – Bruce, Alannah & Madeline Foundation Volunteer
"I was a victim of gun violence. After experiencing incredible trauma, I was fortunate to get support, help and understanding from my siblings and close friends.
I have endless understanding and empathy for those subjected to extreme violence. I’m reminded of the terrible impact violence had on my own life, and how some of the pain could have been avoided or minimised had I not fallen through the cracks at the time; if someone had simply asked “are you okay?” or “do you need help?” The positive impact of these questions – and acts of kindness, should not be underestimated.
Over time I changed from regarding myself as a ‘victim’ to a ‘survivor’. Achieving this was a life changing experience, as victim was a negative and destructive position and survivor a positive one.
I found that opening up and sharing with others was therapeutic for them, and for me. The most powerful emotion I experienced from those who contributed to my healing journey was love."
"Early on when my grief was still strong and I couldn’t find sleep, I made a decision that my anger would not turn to hate..."Read More >
"I see horrific effects of violence, abuse and neglect on children. Many of them have witnessed the darkest side of human behavior and had their sense of safety, happiness and innocence compromised..."Read More >
"When kids arrive at the refuge, they’re generally in the corner or hiding behind mum. They’ve often been through a horrific experience, and seen things no child – or even adult – should see..."Read More >
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