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Thank you to all the great supporters at today’s (31May) event. You guys were awesome.


I believe in a world of non-violence.

Anne Lewis

As a survivor of domestic and family violence, moving from the darkness of an abusive marriage to the daylight of living life on my own terms was life-changing. I participate in the D2D challenge to celebrate that change and to give whatever help and hope I can to others who have not yet been able to make that journey.

Lily Searston

I'm doing darkness to daylight to bring light to the domestic violence situation

Elizabeth Mijatovic

My name is Elizabeth Mijatovic and I am a survivor of domestic violence committed by my ex-husband; the perpetrator. I was frightened to leave the marriage because I was threatened if I left him there would be consequences. I stayed, living in fear, and hoped that he would change and stop the domestic violence. There was no change nor did the abuse stop. I am walking the Darkness to Daylight for all the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Together, we can redefine what it means to be a survivor and end domestic violent abuse. All victims and survivors out there, our stories are changing history. Let us make that change now and speak out. During my marriage I felt hopeless and entrapped in the domestic violence cycle. I knew there was hope out there but it was going to take strength and courage to leave, and speak out to family and the police. Darkness to Daylight is a powerful platform to raise awareness about the Cycle of Domestic Violence and its traumatic impact on victims. I want to empower other survivors with the aim to focus on education – in hope to prevent the next victim of domestic violence. Remember, you cannot blame yourself, you and I are not alone. As a group, we believe in you - so let us draw the line and stop domestic violence.


I am participating in this challenge as my daughter and have experienced domestic abuse, through many years of coercive control and emotional abuse. Coercive Control is an insidious invisible form of abuse, caused by cowards but in turn making you feel deep feelings of isolation, confusion, and worthlessness. I want to help shine a light on the fact that anyone can become victim of coercive control, it can happen before you know it, no matter who you are. Coercive control is never ok.


I am doing this for all those who are unable to speak. Domestic violence affects us all. Let's reduce the amount of domestic violence that occurs in our country.

Michael Klunzinger

My why is having experienced domestic violence first hand. As a kid, I was abused mentally and physically by my stepfather. Later in life, I was married to an abusive spouse and yes, women do abuse men! My ex-wife and stepfather are both out of the picture and the wounds are (for the most part) healed, but I will never forget the trauma. I run because I know there are others out there still going through it.

Sophie Tory

I am walking in memory of Hannah and her beautiful babies, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, and all the women, children and men who have lost their lives through these tragic circumstances. I stand behind the drive for legislative change, and will continue to support in whatever way I can. #smallsteps4hannah #halt #seewhatyoumademedo

The emotional pain is never forgotten from childhood through to adulthood. Then one day you are free from that person(s). The trauma lives vicariously with you but you do eventually learn to manage it, not allow it to direct your path and you choose to live your life to the full, choose to smile when you wake up and make your own choices.....a choice to live your own life and be your own person.

Honor Turner

Its my first time being a part of the Darkness to Daylight cause. I am walking on the day as a survivor of domestic violence (20 years now) I live a life of freedom, positivity and empowerment. That old life does not define who I am. However its time for me to stand up and do more for those in need. This includes all the children who are affected by domestic violence. It's not ok and enough is enough!

Lauren Stonestreet

I am doing Darkness to daylight for my work colleague Doreen who was killed by her ex partner in February in the most unimaginable way. My aim is to spread awareness In the community that domestic and family violence is an issue.


I do this for all those who do not have the freedom to participate in the hope they will find the voice to speak out.

Kurt Stewart

As a father of 2 young girls and a boy, I want all my kids to grow up knowing that domestic and family violence is not OK! My kids have all joined me on some of my walks and understand the importance of the CEO challenge in raising awareness for the terrible things that go on in our local communities!

Melissa Borwick from Everybodi Health and Fitness

I am participating in this challenge to help increase community awareness about Domestic Violence. My ex partner broke into my house and tried to kill me 5 years ago. I am very blessed to be still alive, I think of all those who have not survived, I run for them...... in hope that together we can reduce the amount of Domestic Violence that occurs in Australia. 💜

Louise Sarow

I am participating in Darkness to Daylight because I would like to support the fight against domestic violence.


I am a survivor who made it through the darkness of 15yrs to daylight of 11yrs and beyond. I am doing this in support of all those who are still trying and in memory of those who didn't make it. Everyone deserves to be safe, supported and free to live their best life. Time to end the cycle.


I am participating because I have experienced violence in my life I grew up with a father who took his anger out on his children Unfortunately I then married into a situation where the abuse was so subtle, that because it wasn't physical I didn't realise what it was It wasn't until I left because things got physical did I realise the abuse I had been suffering for years I sought help and they showed me it wasn't my fault and how to deal with the new situation I found myself in I want to raise awareness and support organisations that help those who need it - I know how important it is to get help, to get the message out there that just because it isn't physical doesn't mean it is not abuse.

Dean Jefferson

Over the last 12 months, they have probably been the most challenging that I have ever had in my life. I have been a victim of domestic violence but what makes it worse is that there is limited information for men who are the victims, and then even less when you identify as being homosexual. My story is long and troublesome, it took police 7 seperate incidents to finally have a protection order taken out, but what made it worse were the ongoing breaches. Everyone's story is different, the worst physical injury were cracked ribs but I still continued to work. We all know the slogan, not now., not ever, and thats a formulation as to putting an end to domestic violence, for you. However, all that we are doing is shifting their own behaviour and ultimately having it put onto someone else. The fact of the matter is that we must change the way on our thought processes. Whilst it has been a very slow progress, I can actually put my hand on my heart and to say that I have not only had the strength to go through domestic violence, but also the strength and the insight to help change the perpetrator. Last weekend they said to me that I gave them the realisation of having a better life for themselves. Only time will ultimately tell, but in the meantime, we must consider to create more awareness but also more resources for people who are on both sides as this will only support putting an end to domestic violence.

Ann Graham

After 12 years in a DFV relationship I made it through to the daylight, I am doing this for those who are still trying and in honour of those who didn't make it through.


I don't believe anyone should be subjected to domestic and family violence, hopefully through our actions we can bring light to those affected and raise money to support those in need.


I don't believe anyone should be subjected to domestic and family violence, hopefully through our actions we can bring light to those affected and raise money to support those in need.

Tonya Donnelly

I have personally been subjected to domestic and family violence, but that is not why I am walking. I have seen and helped friends who have been subjected to domestic and family violence, but that is not why I am walking. I have listened to harrowing accounts from patients recounting what has happened to them, but that is not why I am walking. I have argued with family and friends as to the definition of domestic and family violence, but that is not why I am walking. I have hotly debated with colleagues, police officers, paramedics and other professionals whether an injury may be "justified" or "reasonable" or "yeah, but....", but that is not why I am walking. I have spent hours talking to my kids and other young and emerging adults about domestic and family violence, but that is not why I am walking. I have held the hand of a dying woman on more than one occasion with tears pouring down my face looking at hers - swollen and blackened with bruises, but that is not why I am walking. I am walking in the hope that just one of my friends thinks more deeply about domestic and family violence - - what it is; who it is; why it is....and puts their hand up to seek assistance or reaches out to someone they are worried about...or opens the conversation around the dinner table ... or educates themself to recognise some signs. It has to stop. It has to be talked about. It has to be stood up against. It's not okay. It is an insidious beast in our community. It happened to me. It is happening to people you love. It may be happening to you. Seek help. Reach out. I am walking for you ❤

Tracy Duffill-Wilson

In support of the women, children and families impacted upon by DV. I am a survivor and so is my sister. I am walking in support of getting to a day where it is the norm to call out language, behavior, signs, actions, complicity, and anything that indicates a risk of DV and where emerging generations are educated and equipped with the resources and skills to deal with domestic life without violence.

Kelly Bentson

THIS IS WHY I’M DOING THIS 110km WALK!!!! 9 month old baby girl Kobi Shepherdson died in a murder-suicide yesterday when her dad jumped from the Whispering Wall at the Barossa reservoir. 2 days ago Kelly Wilkinson was brutally beaten and murdered when her ex-partner set her on fire. What is it going to take before men’s violence is addressed in this country? Most perpetrators of violence against women are men. Most perpetrators of violence against children are men. Most perpetrators of violence against men are men. Not all men are violent (I would argue that most aren’t), but there are far too many who are, and all men have a responsibility to help end violence. Look at this sweet baby girls face and get angry, because there is no excuse for violent and entitled men CHOOSING to take the lives of innocent people. #ENOUGH

My mum was a victim of domestic family violence. I'm walking for her.


It’s time. To take back the streets, our homes, our workplaces. To demand a safer world. To deplatform misogyny and privilege. It’s time to end the violence.

Jeanette Reid

I am participating because I believe every human deserves to be safe and enjoy a health, happy, non violent environment.

Tammy Sovenyhazi

I am joining the challenge this year as I cannot live in a world where such insidious violence is accepted as the norm and I want to be part of the change. I am a role model to my three sons and grandson that this is not the world that we live in nor the way we treat our women and children. We all have a part to play...

Margie Green

I am participating in this challenge as I and my daughter have experienced domestic violence, through many years of psychological abuse. It is an invisible form of abuse, causing deep feelings of isolation and despair. I want to help shine a light on this and effect change to ensure other women don't share my experience


Good luck Hannah Plater


I'm a survivor,a mum .You are not alone

Catherine Sivakumar

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Karen George

I look forward every year to this event. The feeling i get when starting our run in the morning darkness, the symbolism of women caught in a dark situation and then the joy and personal achievement from running and achieving an annual goal. Both a sombre and celebratory feeling in one!


Too my two beautiful friends who have lived through Domestic Violence relationships, I do this for you! You are seen, heard and held. Love you both so much xx

Deborah Parker

In memory of my 'Auntie Rosie'. Your smile, your affection, they way you looked after me on the weekends or overnights when I stayed, to me you were my second Mum. I will always keep you in my life! This challenge has not only challenged me with my fitness, but challenged me emotionally to stop saying nothing and to SPEAK.


I support ACEOC for four very close friends - beautiful strong, loved women, who have been, and still are, suffering from the lifelong effects of domestic violence. No one deserves violence and abuse - physical, emotional, or financial. I stand with them, and I am walking throughout October for all the other women, children and men who have experienced violence. We can make a difference. We want a world with zero violence. #challengezero #d2d

Catherine Walsh

I completely believe that together we can eliminate domestic and family violence. However I do not underestimate the challenge....but one step at a time....one more person who now lives without violence; one more perpetrator who has to face responsibility for their actions; one more child who is taught what a mutual, respectful relationship looks like. These one mores will add up and we will see change.


ONE woman a week is murdered in Australia by her current or former partner and 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and /or sexual violence since the age of 15. This is not okay. We need to empower and educate; we need resources for women to be able to say "I'm not staying in this situation" and have a way out. I am a survivor, I am one of the lucky ones. Now it's my turn to help others xxx

For the scared and confused girl I was a year ago who had no idea how to talk about what was happening behind closed doors and for how far removed that seems from where I am now.


Awesome cause to raise awareness that violence is not ok, and to show those subjected to it that there is an out and they are not alone.


I want to support all those brave enough to leave an abusive relationship, and encourage those who suffer and are too scared to take the step to leave.


After leaving my husband due to abuse, i want my daughter to grow up knowing that behaviour is wrong and not love! You should never stay in that environment. I want her to be proud of me, she saved my life. The damage caused by the fear is something that never leaves you. But it gets easier to deal with when it is put in the spotlight.

Brett Annells

Supporting all the families impacted by Domestic violence. This is real and impacts all members of family, friends and community. Together we can support and provide a safe place for everyone. My whole family is part of my run/walk to show we are all here to support each other!


2020 has been a tough year for all, but especially those whose home is not safe. We are with you...you are not alone ❤️


Supporting a good cause and in memory of all those lost to DV and those that are unable to extract themselves yet from an unhealthy relationship at this point in their relationship. Also for those that have survived DV and gone on to be great, strong and powerful women.


In memory of Dee. We all miss you.

x J x

As a teenager I was assaulted by my then boyfriend, and 25 years on the injuries I sustained still impact my day to day living. I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor. And I’m privileged to be here and be a part of something that has the power to enact change.

Kate Cash

I am blessed to live a life free from violence, in a healthy community with family and friends that support me. Running alongside so many others that want the same for everyone in our community is so simple, but so powerful. Together, even remotely, we can make a difference.

Jess Sammon

I'm participating in Darkness to Daylight for any friends and family members who have experienced domestic violence and felt that they couldn't tell anyone or seek help. Know that you're not alone. Know that if help is ever needed that I'm here for you with every step away from a bad situation to a better one. From darkness to daylight.

Sonja Robinson

So happy for your support, thank you! Let’s band together to make a differential across states and Australia DDV has no boundaries

Hollie Hughes

I am proud to be participating in this years Darkness to Daylight challenge as it is supporting a cause close to my heart and is extremely important!

For all the victims, no matter how they identify. There is no place for Domestic Violence in our communities. Everybody deserves their home to be their safe haven xxx


We need to talk more openly about DFV, it shouldn't be a conversation that is spoken about behind closed doors when no one is listening or only after hearing on the news of another DFV death. I have had family and friends affected by this silent epidemic and it's no okay, everyone deserves to feel safe. So I walk/run in the month of October proudly to raise awareness and bring DFV out of the darkness and into the daylight!

Sadly everyone does have a story. I have many family members and friends who have been subjected to domestic and family violence and have been myself. We need to stand up and work together on this, to break this cycle. We need to show meaningful support and teach people better ways of being in the world.

Jo Withford

I am participating in Darkness to Daylight because every human being deserves to live in a world where they have the opportunity to thrive, be loved and respected and live free of violence.


It's an opportunity to walk in solidarity for awareness and change. I know a number of people directly and directly who have been impacted by domestic and family violence and we have an opportunity to stand with them and also send a message that it is not OK.

This is my way of showing my support to the families of victims of domestic violence.

Sal Maina

In previous years I have seen messages through work emails about domestic violence but never really paid attention. At the beginning of this year there was tragic news of one of our staff members who lost their lives through DV and that really hit me hard. Knowing that DV can affect someone close to you as some of you may say, 'it is not just numbers, these are people in our community'. Through this platform, I can gather courage to initiate discussion with my colleagues about DV without shame or fear. Even amongst friends, I would like to encourage conversations. DV comes in various degrees and sadly, it is the tragic ones that we get to know about. I just want to take part in support/solidarity of anyone going through any form of domestic and family violence.

Adrian Hanks

Because it feels like the right thing to do. Standing, running, speaking out.


I am joining ro remind myself to move forward, being abused doesn’t have to be a life sentence. I take strength from being better than what I experienced, I take strength from being part of a team that strives to educate, support and stop domestic and family violence.

Victoria Herrmann

My tribute is to the beautiful Baxter family and the incredible Hannah Baxter.

David Murrin

Joining in D2D both virtually and as part of a team means two things to me. It reminds me that it is only TOGETHER that we will effectively create a world where violence becomes never an answer - as a team! Virtually undertaking the challenge means there is so much more ground and places that become sacred due to every single person's efforts.


As a male victim and survivor of domestic and family violence (DFV), knowing many male victims (including my two sons) who are not supported by appropriate services for male victims, often prevented from speaking out about it or believed, it is important that DFV is recognised as a problem only of itself, for any person, regardless of gender. #ENDALLDV.

George Theo

No-one should have to live with domestic and family violence, we must all come together to put a STOP to this practice by providing ongoing education and support.


1 year ago I left an abusive relationship of 14 years. I am joining Darkness to Daylight event with the hope that I can help contribute to the fight against domestic abuse. I am walking for myself, my daughter, my son and every other victim of abuse.


I am joining the challenge to be part of the change. . We can stop the pattern by supporting our community.


In 2002, unfortunately I lost my cousin to domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, so the prevention of domestic violence is very important to me. Unfortunately her story is replicated far too often. With your support we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Domestic and Family Violence, and help end the cycle of violence. So in Petrina’s memory, I have decided to join Queensland Rail’s team in this year’s Darkness to Daylight Challenge Event

Laura Edwards

I am accepting this challenge for Hannah Clarke and her 3 beautiful children, although I didn't know them personally from what I see Hannah was an amazing mother and so fit.


I love that we can all come together as a community to raise awareness that domestic and family violence has to end and that we can help support those affected in anyway we can. This year more than ever is important due to people being forced to stay home. I am running for my son and daughter so they can hopefully live in a future where it doesn’t exists.


I am joining in the Darkness to Daylight event with the hope that in a small way I can tribute to helping in the fight against domestic abuse. I found the event last year was very inspiring and I am sure that the funds raised by all the competitors will have been much appreciated to aid this very worthwhile cause.

Donna Harvey

Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported. D2D is an opportunity to raise further awareness about DFV, to help strengthen support in the community and workplace, and to build a culture of respect and gender equity for men, women and children alike.


Darkness to Daylight is an opportunity for me to participate and take action to raise awareness about Domestic and Family Violence. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a world free from violence.


I want my 2 young boys to live in a world where DFV is no longer an issue. Coming together as a community to raise awareness that DFV has to end, that we care, and that we are here to support those affected is so important. I am running for my boys and their future.


This is an amazing event to be part of !


I've joined the Darkness to Daylight Challenge because it's a great way of bringing out into the open the issue of domestic and family violence. Its a community problem and by the community being involved in promoting awareness and making it more open conversations, it just helps people build their understanding and recognition of it and work towards solutions


I am a woman, a mother and stepmother, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am also a survivor. Sharing our stories and experiences with DFV is an important way to reduce stigma and raise awareness of this prevalent issue. Together we can all contribute to zero incidences of DFV.

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