Bev Jordan Simone O’Brien nearly died in her own home when the man she ended a relationship with beat her with a baseball bat. On Monday night (November 20) the mother-of-three told her chilling story at the Zonta says No to Violence dinner held at the Madison Function Centre Dural.

Simone lost an eye in the horror attack and has had more than 50 operations to piece her skull back together with titanium plates. She says she talks to groups about what happened to her in the hope that it will teach people the warning signs and end the violence. “I don’t want this to happen to my children or grandchildren,” she told guests. “I thought I was going to die that night.” “We need to speak out … it was only later that I discovered I was the third victim of this perpetrator. “

She has been talking to school children too about violence in the home. Barbara Novak, President of Zonta Club of Sydney Hills Inc said: “The night was to raise awareness of Domestic Violence and also the name Zonta and the work it does in the community.”

The Hills group funds educational prizes and awards, sponsors children overseas, makes breast care cushions for mastectomy patients, provides start up kitchen and bathroom packs for victims of domestic violence. She said her message is:

Be aware of the groups in your area that you could align with and investigate where you can contribute because you can do so much in a group.”

For more about Zonta call Barbara Novak on 0410 668 217 or email [email protected]