Following the backlash Melissa George has received from speaking out about her abusive marriage, Rebecca Gibney has shared her own experience with domestic violence.
The Packed to the Rafters star took to Instagram to post a throwback photo of herself with her sister, Stella and wrote that she was “disturbed” by the attacks on George for speaking out.
“This is a happy snap of my sister Stella and me when we were kids. No one would know that we were being raised in a family of domestic violence,” she revealed in the caption.
“Last night on the Sunday program fellow actor Melissa George talked about being attacked by her former partner. I am currently in NZ and didn't watch the program but have been really disturbed by the reports of the online response to Melissa's interview. That somehow she deserved what happened to her. As a victim of domestic violence myself - I grew up in a household where violence toward our mother was a common occurrence - I am appalled that anyone can accuse a woman of 'asking' to be beaten. Domestic violence is wrong - violence in any form is wrong.”
The star goes on to urge her followers to “remember how difficult it is for anyone that has been in this situation to speak out. Regardless of how you may perceive someone in the public eye please remember they are as human as the rest of us and deserve as much compassion as the next person. And for anyone in a similar situation there is always someone who will listen. And you can get through it. My mother and my family is a testament to that. Just reach out.”