The Vines: Wonder Women Project raises funds for White Ribbon Australia

Sheree Lucas Neto will talk about domestic violence at a White Ribbon Australia fundraiser on July 29.
Sheree Lucas Neto will talk about domestic violence at a White Ribbon Australia fundraiser on July 29.

A PERTH woman will share her experiences of domestic violence at a White Ribbon event in the Swan Valley this weekend.

Sheree Lucas Neto will speak at the Wonder Women Project’s ‘She’s extraordinary breakfast’ at The Vines Resort and Country Club on Sunday, July 29.

Mrs Lucas Neto said talking openly was part of her healing process after leaving her partner of 16 years in September 2015.

The northern suburbs resident said she suffered psychological and physical abuse and currently had a violence restraining order against him.

The mother-of-two said she would also provide statistics and information on where people could get help to break the generational cycles of abuse within family environments.

“In three years’ time, my daughter will be the same age as I was when I started dating her father,” she said.

“I want her to know her worth and understand what a true, respectful relationship looks like.

“Equally, I want my son to know how to treat women, and how to respect the women in his life.”

This year’s White Ribbon Night encourages people to stand up, speak out and act when it comes to violence against women.

Mastura Koelmeyer founded the Wonder Women Project and the women-only breakfast will raise awareness and funds for White Ribbon Australia.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. The free, 24/7 service provides confidential advice. In an emergency, call police on 000.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: She’s Extraordinary breakfast
When: Sunday, July 29 from 8am to noon
Where: The Vines Resort and Country Club, Verdelho Drive, The Vines
Tickets: $55 per person
Book: www.eventbrite.com.au
Dress code: White
Donate: www.whiteribbon.org.au