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.
My sister is in a violent relationship, we all know what's going on
Then after a while he would restrict money for me to borrow.
Life has been hard with him and trying to keep the children safe has been my priority.
I really can't take it anymore and I don't know what to do.
I am living at home with my dad, and we often argue.
I'm wondering if you can tell me if I am just being too sensitive or am I being emotionally abused?
He has a terrible temper and snaps at any trivial problem
I Thought Abuse Was Normal
I have been stuck in this cycle of domestic violence for 16 years.
I live in an abusive relationship and want to leave but don't know how.