Adam Goodes credits his mother Lisa Sansbury for instilling in him a “discipline” for life and a strength to follow through and do the right thing.
Lisa Sansbury was one of the stolen generation of indigenous children who were taken from their biological parents and later endured domestic abuse in her second marriage.
Adam is one three children and explains that as a result of her hardships, his mum did everything she could to ensure that no-one had an opportunity to take away her children – which included keeping them in school and instilling a strong work ethic.
“The discipline that she instilled in us was that if you really want to achieve something then you have to do the hard work.
“If mum hadn’t been a member of the stolen generation would she have ben so strong and determined? You just don’t know.”
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Taking responsiblity for domestic violence
As a witness of domestic volience, Adam Goodes is calling on all men to stand up and take responsiblity for stopping the epedemic.
He says it’s difficult to understand because the people who are committing the violence are people we know but we can all do something to stop it.
“We need to provide a mentoring and role model for younger people to make them understand that this isn’t right,” he said.
“As men, we need to take more responsibility, whenever you see a man in a bar or hear them over the phone, just ask them is everything okay mate, are you okay, you seem angry.”
If you have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse, please call 1800 737 732 for advice and support. If you are in immediate danger call 000.