'As a victim of domestic violence, I beg you to watch this episode of TV.'

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It’s been three days since the return of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, a series which seeks to shed light on marginalised groups in our country, raise awareness and change the general public perceptions of these groups.

The series jumps straight back into our living rooms with a ‘Domestic and Family Violence’ themed episode.

The episode is raw, respectful, not sensationalised, and it is truly powerful. It is very hard to watch, and intensely confronting at different times.

Women and violence: The hidden numbers:

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I am a participant in this episode. I am a family violence victim.

If you think this problem happens to other people, people you don’t know, people that don’t live near you, people that don’t behave like you, or people that are different to you and not connected to you… you are wrong. I am a statistic, I am one of the “one in four” women in our country to experience this.

I am someone’s sister, friend, co-worker and mother. It was not drug nor alcohol induced. It was a man, that I loved, that I should have been able to trust, that hurt me.

It is four years since I left, and it has taken that time for me to be in a position to be able to share my story in a public way like this.

"I am a participant in this episode. I am a family violence victim." Image: Supplied.

We are living in an age where we dedicate four nights a week to a reality television series following people ‘marrying strangers'.

Can we commit 30 mins out of our lives to watch this episode which has the power to help our country confront this issue head on? This is the type of reality television we really need to embrace.

Be part of the solution, watch the episode, open your heart to the hurts of victims.

I know we can do better. We can get better. We can work together for change.

If you missed watching the episode this week, you can watch it on iView here.

If you or someone you care about is living with family violence please call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.