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.
This isn't the first time they have had a big argument.
He only goes weird when he's around one friend.
What do you think of the younger women coming up?
I feel the need to lock my door at nights so he can not get in.
...without him being mad at me and hitting me?
My daughters and son have some reservations.
How should you support women who are in this situation?
I seem to be going through a pattern.