AFL star Jimmy Bartel has parted ways with his impressive beard to raise awareness about domestic violence after enduring it himself as a child.
The Geelong Cats player, 32, had been growing his beard all season - since March – for his Face Up To DV campaign.
Proceeds raise from his campaign have gone to the Luke Batty Foundation and Bethany, a female support group.
His proud wife fashion-blogger Nadia took to Instagram to congratulate him on his efforts, writing: “I can see dimples again.”
A day earlier she also wrote: “I am so incredibly proud of his cause #faceuptodv and what he has achieved but I have had enough of the beard.”
Bartel, who experienced domestic violence firsthand as a child, hoped people would notice his beard and ask why he was growing it.
"There was one occasion that still sits vividly in my memory," Bartel told the Herald Sun in March about his father Terry.
"I remember where I was, how the house was set up, where I was standing. I remember Mum (Diane) being on the floor in the hallway; he had repeatedly hit her, and she was trying to crawl away from him.
"I remember Olivia (eldest sister) trying to push him away from Mum, and he physically threw her against the wall, like a rag doll, which is hard to comprehend."
"I am going to try and get people to start having conversations around domestic violence because I want people to change, and to start owning their behaviours and actions,” he explained.
Jimmy and Nadia met in 2008 and later married in 2014. Last year they welcomed their first child, son Aston.
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