Bairnsdale blokes start new group to confront violence against women
By Jake Lynch
It was not something he had seen before.
As a young Occupational Therapist just beginning his career, Tom Conway remembers vividly the first few times he saw people present to the hospital that appeared to be victims of family violence.
Tom acknowledges he is fortunate. He grew up in a family where violence and harassment was just not a part of his life experience. It wasn’t something that affected his friends or his peers.
“But working in a hospital, I began to see it,” he says. “So many of the people that access our services, that come to the hospital seeking our help, are in a vulnerable position. What I saw, and what I see, in my line of work tells me that family violence is still an issue in our community.”