Every two minutes, Australian police respond to a case of domestic violence; a nationwide problem costing the economy an estimated $22bn each year. Many of us would find these figures shocking – partly because domestic violence is a problem that is not often spoken about.
Our guest this week not only knows about the magnitude of this problem but has dedicated her life to doing something about it. Leanne Barron is the CEO of Starick, a charity supporting women and children who are escaping domestic and family violence. Leanne shares her perspectives on the amazing work that her team are doing, the cultural and inter-generational factors within domestic violence, how to care for the carers and the importance of ukulele song-writing as a creative outlet!
Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)
1:45 – Leanne’s background and Starick
7:15 – The history of Henrietta Starick, a midwife and pioneer in domestic violence support in the interwar years
10:35 – A little about the Starick workforce
14:15 – The impact of domestic violence on children
15:22 – The importance of positive male role models, including mentoring programs
17:10 – Who cares for the carers?
23:29 – Reference to 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, likening domestic violence to terrorism - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-26/family-violence-likened-to-terrorism-by-rosie-batty/6976896
25:00 – On victimhood, survivalism and resilience
26:50 – Financial abuse
27:45 – The importance of mindfulness
30:44 – The role of police
34:00 – Potential early warning signs of domestic violence
35:10 – Success stories from DV survivors
37:45 – Leanne’s definition of 'happiness'
40:30 – The importance of a creative outlet
42:45 – The future for Starick
45:00 – What should you do if you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence? (See useful numbers below)
46:20 – What should you do if you are using domestic violence? (See useful numbers below)
47:00 – How to help Starick
Starick - https://www.starick.org.au/
White Ribbon - https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/
Where to get help - https://www.starick.org.au/useful-numbers/