Former Senator and leader of the Australian Democrats, Natasha Stott Despoja AO, recently joined guests at a Coleman Greig Women in Business event earlier this month.

In Australia; every two minutes, police are called to a family violence matter and every week, a woman is killed by a current or former partner.

Natasha, founding Chair of Our Watch,has penned her first book “On Violence” which focusses on the important role of primary prevention.

Guests also heard from Lauren Huxley who was only 18 years old when she was attacked by an intruder inside her Northmead home in 2005 and left for dead.

Lauren underwent extensive surgery and rehabilitation for the injuries she sustained that day and is now determined to live the “normal” life she was told she would never have.

Caroline Hutchinson, Principal Director, Coleman Greig, said that as the first Australian law firm to gain White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation, Coleman Greig was pleased that the event could raise awareness of such an important issue affecting women.

Women in Business guests contributed $6,410 to support Our Watch to connect businesses to the right information, expertise, tools and resources to help make a difference in workplaces where women should feel safe, equal and valued.