Content warning: This article discusses domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence is a national shame. The statistics are shocking, but the topic is rarely spoken about.

Jerry Retford is a man who, by his own admission, abused his ex-wife both physically and emotionally.

He attended a Relationships Australia program that helps violent men acknowledge their behaviour and now he’s working to help other men crack the cycle of domestic violence.

Mike E and Emma spoke with Jerry about what made him finally seek to change.

Take a listen to the chat with Jerry here…

If you are in need of support, there is help available. To speak with someone, you can call the 1800 RESPECT national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling help line (1800 737 732). You can reach the kids Help Line at 1800 551 800. If you are in immediate danger call 000 for Police and Ambulance assistance.