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Educating young minds

Educating young minds

April 7, 2019

Sometimes 10 minutes is all it’ll take to change the lives of a perpetrator and his victim. That was what it took to change mine. As perpetrators seems to be getting younger, we need to do something about this!

To rest is to prepare for a longer journey ahead

To rest is to prepare for a longer journey ahead

March 5, 2019

As the International Women’s Day draws closer, I thought I would remind everyone, including men too, on the need to treat yourself well before you can achieve better things. 🙂

Talk with Trace podcast

Talk with Trace podcast

January 28, 2019

This is a podcast that I recorded with Tracey recently on her show. Have a listen and please share if you can. Thank you!

Simone O’Brien

I’m a domestic violence survivor, strong advocate for White Ribbon and for women against violence, and mother of 3 beautiful children. I’m here to share my story of courage and strength, to shine the light on the issues relating to DV and prevent them from happening again. Contact me if you would like me to speak at your event.

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Testimonials

Alexander Avella Archila, T&I Professional Development Coordinator at Monash University

Simone has delivered one of the most inspirational presentations I’ve seen, her natural ability to engage with the audience made her the highlight of our event. As a public speaker, Simone provides a close and personal approach, given the audience an experience that will captivate everyone, leaving the entire audience in awe. I cannot wait to work with Simone again, highly recommended!

Alexander Avella Archila, T&I Professional Development Coordinator at Monash University
Jaymi O’Connor, Health & P.E. Teacher at Horsham College

Simone shared her story with our year 7-12 students and her presentations were very engaging and relevant. Her key messages about respect for yourself and others, and the importance of looking out for one another fit perfectly with the Dept of Education’s Respectful Relationships initiatives and were very well received by our students. Simone also took time to interact with our students after her presentations and she was able to manage disclosures from some of the students in a professional and supportive way. I would highly recommend Simone’s presentations for both staff and students at schools across the country.

Jaymi O’Connor, Health & P.E. Teacher at Horsham College
Brendan Johnston,  Teacher at Mount Clear College

“Our College has had the pleasure of having Simone speak to our staff and students on a number of occasions. Our students were captivated by her inspirational story and her resilience to tell her story so others don’t have to go through such a traumatic experience alone. I first met Simone 2 years ago after I reached out to make contact though The White Ribbon Foundation, I am so proud to call Simone a friend who is always willing to help others.”

Brendan Johnston, Teacher at Mount Clear College
Luke Beveridge, Head Coach for Western Bulldogs

“We have learnt that having someone like Simone is unique. Why, because most women who have been through anything close to what Simone has experienced is either no longer with us, or too traumatised to talk about it publicly. Yet here she is, not only telling us her story to heighten our senses around how serious the issue is, but doing it with this amazing courage and positive outlook on life. I feel privileged to call Simone my friend!”

Luke Beveridge, Head Coach for Western Bulldogs
Neil Scales, Director-General for QLD Dept of Transport & Main Roads

“Miss O’Brien’s passion for making change and improving the lives for all women is a testament to her resolve, her vitality and sheer selfless drive to educate others around the warning signs that can lead to domestic and family violence. Her courage in sharing her story has inspired others to stand up and help put an end to the violence. I thank Ms O’Brien for breaking the silence.”

Neil Scales, Director-General for QLD Dept of Transport & Main Roads
Clair Weaver, Features & Investigations, 9 News

“We would like to express our appreciation of Simone O’Brien’s extraordinary work to end men’s violence against women. In her interview with 9 News presenter Georgie Gardner and her interactions with her former neighbours, Simone was articulate, insightful and warm. Her unique and personal approach resulted in a profoundly meaningful and impactful news story that was broadcast to millions of Australians on Monday night.”

Clair Weaver, Features & Investigations, 9 News