Joe has had a lifelong dream to go to America. His younger sister Carolyn can’t quite pin point the origins of his ‘obsession’ but recalls his early and enduring love of Elvis, Johnny Cash and all things Disney.
The first phone call to police came five months after her wedding.
The woman sobbed that her new husband had bashed her. He had pushed her head into a wall repeatedly.
Police and domestic violence workers were baffled by one case – how did the abusive partner of a woman keep tracking her and her children in emergency accommodation?
Parents are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence.
When we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious.
For years, domestic violence trapped the woman like a fog that wouldn’t lift.
Every part of her life, from home to work and her relationship with her teenage son, had been impacted by her abusive partner.
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Jim, the eldest of four children grew up in Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.
Tragically, in his early 30s, a car accident left Jim in a coma for three months. Despite six months of intensive care, he suffered a stroke and the loss of one arm and one leg. Today, at the age of 65, Jim uses a walker or a wheelchair to get around and often has trouble remembering things.
Joe has had a lifelong dream to go to America. His younger sister Carolyn can’t quite pinpoint the origins of his ‘obsession’ but recalls his early and enduring love of Elvis, Johnny Cash and all things Disney.
“Mum and Dad listened to a lot of Elvis and Johnny Cash records when Joe was young so I guess it all stems from there,” said Carolyn.
This year Joe will celebrate his 64th birthday with the holiday of his dreams – 12 days in America. Disneyland, Hollywood and an Elvis tribute show in Las Vegas are all on the agenda.
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