Jimmy Bartel is a champion sports star. He plays for the Geelong Cats, he’s a Brownlow Medallist, a Norm Smith Medallist and has played in three premiership games.
He’s also a victim of domestic abuse.
His father Terry routinely verbally and physically abused him, his mum, and two sisters.
Bartel has opened up to the Herald Sun about growing up in a violent household, and the impact this had on him.
Terry Bartel was a gifted sportsman himself, who Jimmy says is a man you would want to “hang around with at the pub” but not have as a father.
Despite being young, Bartel remembers vividly violent scenes around the home.
“I remember Mum being on the floor in the hallway; he had repeatedly hit her, and she was trying to crawl away from him. I remember Olivia (eldest sister) trying to push him away from Mum, and he physically threw her against the wall, like a rag doll, which is hard to comprehend.”
He and his family lived in fear.
As a new father himself, it’s clear that Bartel is determined to influence change in the community.