Ask Jude

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’m at a crossroads

Hi Jude, I’m at a crossroads in my life, whether to stay in my relationship or leave.

Am I Safe?

My husband grabbed my arm and squeezed it hard enough to bruise last week