A RIVERINA man has give an emotion-charged account of the death of his mother in the lead-up to Wednesday’s White Ribbon Day.
The Griffith man’s mother was found murdered recently and a man close to her charged with the death.
“At first we thought she was sick or something and that caused her death,” the man, who did not wish to be named, said.
“When we found out that wasn’t the case, it changed everything.”
The news hada profound impact, not only on the manand his three younger brothers, but also his aunts, uncles and grandmother.
“We are still going through the grieving process,” he said.
“Every day you’ve got to wake up and remind yourself that Mum’s not there. It’s not a good feeling but we support each other really well.”
When his mother left their father years ago because of violence, the brothers were relieved.
However, in recent years they were given cause for alarm once more.
“I was aware there was violence going on with Mum,” he said.
“She would turn up to places with black eyes and stuff like that -it was hard to see her come to birthday parties not looking nice. There were little things too, like she never wore glasses ever but when she did we knew something was wrong.”
Even though the family had spoken to her about their concerns, herlife came to a tragic end.
The man saidpeople often forgot about the victims of violence and he wanted to give his mother a voice.
“Hitting women is not OK,” he said.
“We need to watch out for the warning signs with each other.
“Most importantly, the perpetrator needs to acknowledge they have a problem and do something about it.
“When you lose someone to a tragic event, birthdays and Christmasare not the same any more.
“If someone notices changed behaviour andif they’re concerned there might be violence, they shouldn’t ignore it but do something about it.”
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