In 1994, Ann’s estranged husband broke into the home she shared with her two young children, shooting her and then killing them.
After her children were murdered by their father, she grappled with the new reality of life without her children.
One of the ways she found meaning again was to start trauma victims’ support group, angelhands, and become an ambassador for Our Watch to help other survivors deal with the emotional impacts of family violence and prevent it from happening to others in the future.
Dr O’Neill is based in Western Australia.
Community attitudes that trivialise, excuse or even condone family violence, as well as those that shift blame to the victim help create a culture in which this behaviour is unintentionally justified. It also the reason so many victims fear coming forward to report on incidences of family violence.