Women's Network Hunter Lunch for 16 Days of Action against Gender Violence with guest speaker Kellie Mills of 100 Alice project

Powerful messages about domestic violence were heard at a Women’s Network Hunter lunch on Wednesday.

Guest speaker Kellie Mills, who founded the 100 Alice Stories project, detailed her own experiences of domestic violence to a crowd of about 30 women at The George Tavern.

Ms Mills said she had a violent father and an emotionally abusive ex-partner, both of which drove her into action.

”All of this made me determined to empower other women,” she said.

Hearing other people’s experiences of violence gave her the idea to gather 100 stories to publish into a book.

Ms Mills said her goals with the book were to help women leave, help those who have left to heal and to change the conversation about violence.

Attendees at the lunch sat in a room adorned with white dresses, to signify the amount of women killed by domestic violence this year.