Why Shaynna Blaze Wants You To Speak Out Against Derogatory Behaviour

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence. Call 1800 RESPECT if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence. 

There are many of us out there who have likely borne witness to derogatory comments or have been unlucky enough to have dealt with them ourselves. 

Whether it’s in a workplace, at home or with friends, these sorts of comments can lead to unwanted confrontation, but they don’t have to – dependent on how you choose to approach the situation. 

Shaynna Blaze ‘I had to work out how to leave’

In this episode of The Jess Rowe ‘Big Talk Show’, Jess is joined by television personality Shaynna Blaze, who you might recognise from the wildly popular reality TV series The Block

During her years in the spotlight, Shaynna has used her platform to advocate for women, co-founding the charity Voice of Change which stemmed from her own experience with family violence. 

“Violence comes in many different ways. So, we tend to have this umbrella of the physicality of violence, but we didn’t have a great relationship. There was a lot of different types of coercive control and different types of family violence that comes in there,” Shaynna said. 

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While family violence can be traumatic, Shaynna explains how we can use our own experiences to break the pattern. 

“It’s about finding those tools together as a family of how you can get through and also tools of not making that trauma take over your life and being able to move forward,” she said. 

In this candid chat with Jess, Shaynna details strategies to help break a pattern of family violence, explains why being silent gives bad behaviour power and what we can do when we are faced with derogatory comments. 

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