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Survivor urging others to seek help

ANGIE Donohue is to be commended for her bravery and resilience.
Nanjing Night Net

The Tasmanian woman has publicly encouraged other women in abusive or violent relationships to speak up and get help.

Ms Donohue’s former husband Darryl Scott Donohue was convicted this week of trying to arrange for a hit man to kill her – for the second time.

He first tried to arrange her death in 2012 and was convicted and jailed in February 2013.

Undeterred, he again tried to organise from Risdon Prison for someone to kill his former wife.

After a trial in the Supreme Court, Donohue was again found guilty of two counts of having incited another person to murder.

While her case is unique, Ms Donohue’s message to women in similarly violent or abusive relationships is worthy of wide repetition.

“The message to anyone out there who is going through something like this is that keeping silent is one of the worst things you can do,” she told The Examiner.

“Go and get help. Not just for your sake, but for your children’s sake too.”

Sadly, domestic violence, particularly against women and children, is not uncommon in Australian society.

The main cause of homelessness for women is domestic violence, which is also the leading cause of disability and death for women aged 15-44.

One in five adult women has been stalked in their life. One woman will be killed each week by their partner.

Even for survivors, the impacts can be devastating and long lasting. Ms Donohue herself still lives in fear, despite her husband being behind bars.

We often call on people who experience domestic violence to “just leave”.

While it’s not as simple at that – and getting told so by a newspaper editorial rather over simplifies what must be a dreadful and stressful situation – it really is the only option.

That is why hearing it from someone who has experienced one of the most serious forms of domestic violence – a threat to kill – shows there is a way out.

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