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Be an active bystander to help that little girl down the right path

There’s a young girl out there about to formally embark on her life’s journey. She’s five years old and starting her prep year. It’ll be a good and long life. As her future unfolds, she’ll achieve all her dreams and hopes: a career, security, travel, relationships and family.

She’ll never know you, and you’ll never know her. She’ll never know that if it hadn’t been for you, her life would have been very different. That’s because from 2021 onwards you did all you could to change community attitudes towards domestic and family violence.

Former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM and Kay McGrath OAM at the first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council meeting in February last year.

Former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM and Kay McGrath OAM at the first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council meeting in February last year.Credit:Matt Dennien

Most of us at times look back and reflect on those “sliding door” moments, when our lives might have gone down a different path had we made different choices about education, jobs, travel, friends and partners. We’ll never really know because we didn’t go down that other path.

One of the major contributors to how our lives unfold is a society’s values, beliefs and attitudes – what’s acceptable and what’s not. What is absolutely not acceptable is backed up by legislation making it unlawful.

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