A young mother beaten at the hands of her partner is calling for drastic changes to domestic violence laws.
Trigger warning: this article contains details of domestic violence and may be distressing for some readers.
One young mother has had enough.
“He punched me until I was unconscious, strangled me for days before my son was born, and again when I was seven months pregnant with my daughter…”
She has decided it is time to stop the cycle. End the violence and take a stand so that no other woman goes through what she has.
“[He] punched me in the face whilst my children screamed, terrified – we fled when my daughter was just 6 weeks old.”
Dani Keogh is demanding domestic violence law reform.
“My mind re-lives the fists, the choking and thinking I would die with my baby growing inside me, seeing my little boy hitting the ground in my home and his smashed up room. Living in fear and always looking over my shoulder.”
For this brave woman the time has come for change.
“I’m doing it because right now we have an opportunity to fix these laws leaving women at the mercy of domestic violence abusers.”
Dani Keogh, a mother of two spoke to the Nine Network’s A Current Affair about the on-going abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-partner, Michael Killeen.
She says that despite three convictions and 30 breaches of domestic violence orders Killeen is still free.
“He’s been convicted and sentenced three times, since first conviction in 2011 yet is on bail right now and hasn’t spent a day in jail. Despite charges of threat to kill, and threat to cause actual harm.”
A Current Affair revealed details of some of the voicemail message and text messages left by Killeen,
“Do you like the use of your legs?” he wrote.
“Let the games begin and the physical and psychological pain begin.”She says she was terrified, even moving from Victoria to Queensland with her children to escape him.
Killeen who is currently on an 18-month good behaviour bond, after again threatening to kill her refused to talk to A Current Affair when confronted about the messages.
“I tried to leave, called the police, and showed up to court for trials. I cried as he walked out of court, after being found not guilty, as there wasn’t ‘evidence beyond reasonable doubt’, while he looked at me and laughed,” she writes.