"Dr Ann O’Neill survived horrific family violence and her story is one of resilience, strength and empowerment. Through study, the founding of angelhands, a not-for-profit organisation assisting those who are affected by homicide or serious personal violence, and public speaking, Ann is a powerful and effective voice in support of the secondary victims of violence and homicide. In October 2016, Dr O'Neill was awarded the 2016 John Curtin Medal for her significant contribution to her field and for exhibiting John Curtin's qualities of vision, leadership and community service."
- Curtin University
ANN IN THE NEWS
"Survivor advocate Dr Ann O'Neill talks about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence. In 1994, her estranged husband broke into her home, shooting Ann, then her two children, before turning the gun on himself. Ann was the only survivor. Ann speaks of the power the media in shaping public attitudes about domestic violence, encouraging media to include information about what causes this violence and what can be done to prevent it, hold perpetrators to account, not victims, and to include links to referral services such as 1800RESPECT." - ABC News