LANDSDALE resident Tinashe La has published an autobiographical book to increase awareness of domestic violence and abuse.
In Greener Pastures beyond Mt. Abuse, Mrs La answers questions about how and why people stay in abusive relationships.
It follows her journey through a past relationship with an abusive boyfriend while studying at university.
Mrs La said she was motivated to write it because she could see friends staying in abusive relationships, and wanted to raise awareness and remove the barrier of shame felt by victims of domestic violence.
“They cover up for the behaviour because it’s shameful to tell people or report,” she said.
“People who knew my story were booking coffee dates for me with their friends or colleagues so I could share my story with them, especially those on spouse visas and being abused, as I was, but afraid to leave in case they lose their visas.
“Churches were inviting me to share my story to lift the lid on abuse in homes that is hidden.
“I realised that if I just say it as it was, then people could relate.
“I had also seen abuse growing up in Zimbabwe and no-one ever left the relationships – as a result, I never knew what a good relationship was.
“When I look at domestic violence and abuse today, I wonder if anyone is telling the children that this is not right what you see mom and dad or your guardians doing.
“So I thought I should encourage the young ones in speaking out and letting them know that if you see abuse at home, it is not right and you can be better.”
The book looks at how African culture, tradition, religion and upbringing moulded her response to violence.
Mrs La, who works in Osborne Park, will hold a book signing event at Dymocks Joondalup on November 3 from 11am-1pm and speak at a white ribbon luncheon in Perth on November 24.
“I am just an ordinary person who is passionate about making a difference with domestic violence and abuse,” she said.
Visit www.tinashela.com.au for more information.
An electronic version of the book is available on Amazon.