Susan Prince stars in the play It All Begins With Love, a threatre production about domestic violence. Photo Paul Buetel
Susan Prince stars in the play It All Begins With Love, a threatre production about domestic violence. Photo Paul Buetel Contributed

Spreading the word against domestic violence

SUSAN Prince lived through the experience of domestic violence for years before she had the courage to leave her partner, and now she's spreading the word as an actor.

The 57-year-old will play one of the main characters in the theatre production It All Begins With Love, which will return to Bundaberg at the end of the month.

Ms Prince said more than 65 Australian women were believed to had been killed this year by men known to them and that was a statistic that shouldn't be forgotten about.

"Let's make this a conversation piece and talk about it around the dining table," she said.

"This topic won't go away - we need to talk about it."

Ms Prince said she was passionate about the play and wanted to bring the message that domestic violence was not okay to as many people as possible.

Creative producer and Bundaberg playwright Rod Ainsworth said the play was written in his home town, and was a 70-minute production that included a 35-minute question and answer session at the end.

"The idea came from Bundaberg and premiered in November last year before we started travelling across Queensland," Mr Ainsworth said.

"We have had so much support and incredible feedback."

Mr Ainsworth said the play would be performed at Shalom College over two shows, one of which was targetted towards students.

He said he thought it was important to educate the younger generation and give early intervention before students went down the wrong path.

"We really hope the project enables people to feel and understand early behaviours and take control now," Mr Ainsworth said.

"The play gives stories from four DV survivors and one who had witnessed it as a child - they are all based on true stories.

"This is the power of it; some so incredible it's hard to believe."

Before becoming an actor, Mrs Prince she spent time as a domestic violence counsellor and said at that time she realised it was all about the healing process.

"For me the domestic violence started when I had my first child," Ms Prince said.

"It wasn't physical violence but more along the lines if I wanted to do something he would say: 'You can only do what you are told to do, just like in your vows.'

"I was a young women and it was accepted back then.

"He used to call me 'fugly' in front of his mates and I didn't know what that meant."



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