A firm advocate for non-violence against women and an outspoken supporter for domestic violence prevention. I travel around Australia to raise awareness and share information on how to have healthy and respectful relationships. Find out more here or contact me if you would like me to speak at your event.
I love working with youths and I use my personal story and my children as examples to illustrate the importance of having respectful relationships and how to achieve that.
I speak at workplaces to educate your employees on domestic violence issues so that they are able to protect themselves and be able to offer help to those who need it.
I work with community groups to share knowledge and raise awareness of domestic violence so that they are able to spread the information to the wider community.
My thoughts and my journey.
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.
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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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