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.
I've been subjected to it for so long I cannot tell the difference
I DON'T want to be in a relationship like this.
Is there anywhere I can go to get help or talk about it?
I'm seven months pregnant.
He squeezed my neck quite hard, but just a few seconds.
I have seen her and the child's personality change.
I was wondering if you could give me advice.
I hate seeing her all bruised up but she will not leave.
I am feeling torn as when he is calm it is great
I'm just worried he will take her away and we will never be able to help.