Taking down the barriers
day care and animal kinesiology.
“This year’s Dog’s Breakfast was a fantastic, fur-friendly, family day out,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.
“It was great to see thousands of people enjoying LANDSDALE resident Tinashe La has published an autobiographical book to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse.
In Greener Pastures beyond Mt Abuse, Mrs La answers questions about how and why people stay in abusive relationships.
It follows her journey through a past relationship with an abusive boyfriend while studying at university.
Mrs La said she was motivated to write it because she could see friends staying in abusive relationships and wanted to remove the barrier of shame felt by victims of domestic violence.
“They cover up for the behaviour because it’s shameful to tell people or report,” she said.
“People who knew my story were booking coffee dates for me with their friends or colleagues so I could share my story with them, especially those on spouse visas and being all of the free activities, checking out what local dog-friendly businesses have to offer.
“It was wonderful to see people enjoying time with their fur babies in a 100 per cent dog-friendly environment.” abused, as I was, but afraid to leave in case they lost their visas.
“Churches were inviting me to share my story to lift the lid on abuse in homes that is hidden.
“I realised that if I just say it as it was, then people could relate.”
The book looks at how African culture, tradition, religion and upbringing moulded her response to violence.
Mrs La, who works in Osborne Park, will hold a book signing event at Dymocks Joondalup on November 3 from 11am-1pm and speak at a white ribbon luncheon in Perth on November 24.
“I am just an ordinary person who is passionate about making a difference with domestic violence and abuse,” she said.
Visit www.tinashela. com.au for more information. An electronic version of the book is available on Amazon.
Dogs enjoyed their time in the limelight at the City of Wanneroo Dog’s Breakfast.
Tinashe La hopes her book will help stop domestic violence.