Mu­sic to heal the vi­o­lence

Ms Parker speaks openly of her ex­pe­ri­ences with DV

Isis Town and Country - - News - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

A NEW­COMER to Childers, Cara Parker is not back­wards when it comes to be­ing for­ward about her mis­sion. Ms Parker was di­ag­nosed with C-PTSD (Com­plex post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der) af­ter she and her son were both vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and has made a huge ef­fort to bring more mu­sic and art to Childers since ar­riv­ing two months ago.

Ms Parker is a clas­si­cally trained mu­si­cian. Since her ar­rival in Childers, Ms Parker said made it her mis­sion to help the com­mu­nity, with art and mu­sic.

“Wher­ever pos­si­ble and have been vol­un­teer­ing my time to help other mu­si­cians and bands gain ex­po­sure,” Ms Parker said.

“I am phys­i­cally un­able to hold down a job at the mo­ment and this causes me more stress, es­pe­cially as I was such a vig­i­lant worker and mother for a long time,”

“When I saw the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence signs and photos in the win­dow fronts of re­tail­ers, I thought it might be a good time to tell my story,”

Ms Parker speaks out in the hope her story can help oth­ers or at least in­spire oth­ers to look out for each other.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence comes in many forms and can cause life­long suf­fer­ing for all in­volved. When I first got here I felt a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated as it was such a big move, but af­ter trav­el­ling down south ear­lier this year I felt a big per­ma­nent move was the best thing for me and Childers is where I chose.

“My goal is to make peo­ple smile, whether it be help­ing young artists gain courage and to get up and sing a song,”

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has af­fected Ms Parker per­ma­nently with Com­plex PTSD, the de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness is some­what hard to man­age, mak­ing ev­ery day a strug­gle.

“Some­times just go­ing to the shop to buy gro­ceries can be dif­fi­cult,” she said.

“If by telling my story helps one per­son break free of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, then I know I have made a dif­fer­ence.

“I want to tell my story in the hope, we can all stand to­gether in unity and Say No to Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence.”

Ms Parker said play­ing mu­sic is a good heal­ing process for her.

Since ar­riv­ing in Childers, Ms Parker has been work­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses and artists in­clud­ing the “Sun­days In the Sun”. Open mic/ jam ses­sions have been a great suc­cess at The Grand Ho­tel, with artists and pa­trons alike trav­el­ling to Childers to en­joy the week­end’s en­ter­tain­ment.

The sup­port from Bri­er­ley Wines and The Grand Ho­tel has been paramount with Ms Parker be­ing able to get her “foot in the door” with mu­sic in town and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, with many more events al­ready booked in.

“I am will­ing to vol­un­teer and help with pro­mot­ing th­ese types of gigs as I know they are al­ways a great day and bring the com­mu­nity to­gether,” she said.

“I may not be able to work but I have much to of­fer this com­mu­nity and I look for­ward to more ex­cit­ing events and be­ing able to vol­un­teer where pos­si­ble.”

For 24-hour do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port phone 1800 737 732.

I thought it might be a good time to tell my story... — Cara Parker

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL TAL­ENT: Per­form­ing Sun­days in the Sun at the Grand Ho­tel Cara Red­moon en­ter­tains pa­trons.

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