Domestic violence survivor reaching out to teens

Sheree Lucas Neto. Picture: Hannah Kate Lawrance.
Sheree Lucas Neto. Picture: Hannah Kate Lawrance.

A DOMESTIC violence survivor is speaking out about her experience in the hope of helping teenagers navigating young relationships.

Sheree Lucas Neto thought she had found her soulmate at 16 years old.

But over the next 16 years, she was subjected to physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse, until she was able to escape with her two children.

It left her determined to speak out and help the next generation.

Sheree Lucas Neto. Picture: Hannah Kate Lawrance.

“I never had someone tell me that I was in a relationship so unhealthy, which is why I created a program to help educate teens with my lived experience,” she said.

“My daughter is now a teenager, and it’s made me realise that she is only a few years off the age I was when I met her father.

“I never want another young person to go through what I went through.”

Mrs Lucas Neto is inviting teens to join her for a free afternoon tea in East Perth on Saturday, June 15, to talk about relationships in a parent-free zone.

“We’re giving teens the opportunity to talk about romantic relationships in a safe space, and to explore the differences between a healthy relationship based on respect and a toxic relationship based on power and control,” she said.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 15 at 2pm at Revive Health and Happiness in East Perth.

Bookings are essential for the event as places are limited.

RSVP to sheree@iamsheree.com.au or on 0468 990 664.

 

If you are facing family or domestic violence, there is help available.

1800 Respect National Hotline: 1800 737 732

Lifeline: 13 11 14