Tak­ing down the bar­ri­ers

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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.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487919

Ti­nashe La hopes her book will help stop do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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