Jude Simpson is a survivor of family violence. She experienced abuse as a child from the age of 9 and subsequently became caught up in a cycle of domestic violence, substance abuse and crime.
For 28 years she lived in violent and abusive relationships, was a member of both the Mongrel Mob and Highway 61 gangs and had four children to four different partners.
In her thirties Jude sought help and turned her life around. She is now a living example that change is possible and that people can break the cycle of violence.
She is committed to helping others to live free of violence.
Here Jude responds to questions about family violence, sent in by real people.
Hi Jude, I’m at a crossroads in my life, whether to stay in my relationship or leave.
I had a friend visit me today. She tells me things her husband says, which I consider mental abuse.
He picks on me constantly to the point I fight him physically which I hate.
I have a neighbour who is abused occasionally
My husband grabbed my arm and squeezed it hard enough to bruise last week
Since starting this relationship she has dropped off of the face of the planet.
I'm really scared for them.
I now realise we already are hurting them.
She doesn't want our help.
I am having trouble with my 13 year old son being abusive towards me.