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Because of Bec, we can

13 July 2018, Action for Change

This year’s theme for NAIDOC week is ‘Because of her, we can!’

It celebrates the essential role that women play as active and significant role models in our communities.

Bec works in Save the Children’s programs in far-north Queensland. A proud Wiradjuri woman, her great-great grandfather was King Billy Pye, a legendary figure in Aboriginal activism. 

Sadly, Bec came to understand domestic violence from a young age. 

“Domestic violence took my mother away,” she says. “But she never once thought about running and leaving us kids with it. And I think, so my mother didn’t die in vain, this is why I want to spread the word: That it’s not OK and we can stand up together and do something.

“It is OK to be strong now. Cause people are listening. And that gives me most joy.”

As a domestic and family violence specialist, Bec helps women reconnect with their spirit and helps show children ‘there is another way’.

“I have many strong women in my life… And it was because of them, that I can,” she says. “I have three daughters and I hope one day they say, ‘Because of her, we can’.”
 

If you need support, contact 1800RESPECT (domestic and family violence counselling service) 1800 737 732; No to Violence (men’s referral service) 1300 766 491; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800; or Lifeline 13 11 14. For emergencies, ring 000.

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