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His Crimes, Her Secrets

On Thursday 13 February, Tasmanian Governor Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner AC, will be part of the launch of local author Fran Spears’s book, His Crimes Her Secrets, at Fullers Bookshop.

His Crimes Her Secrets is the story of one woman’s strength to overcome the odds of domestic violence.

“I wrote this book to help women who are subject to family violence everywhere know they are not alone and that they can survive.” said Fran.

“This is a story of striking personal resilience. It also illustrates the power of bystander action,” Yvette Cehtel, CEO of the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania said.

“It confirmed for me, how as members of the community, we each can, as friends, strangers and professionals assist survivors of family violence to physically and psychologically escape from the most horrific of circumstances.”

Jill Maxwell, CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service said "Fran's story is confronting. It will challenge us. And unfortunately this is a story, like so many, we all need to hear if we have any hope of changing the story for those experiencing violence now and those that will inevitably experience it tomorrow."

The story is about a woman who survived even though it took her so long to tell her story.

Janet Saunders CEO of Hobart Women’s Shelter said “Survivors who share their stories, lets others know that it is possible to work through the trauma of Family Violence. Fran’s story is powerful, heartbreaking and inspirational, thank you Fran.”

The book will be launched through a conversation between Governor Kate Warner, Fran and MC Dr Polly McGee that will take place at 5:30 pm on Thursday 13 February at Fullers Bookshop. The book is published by Fullers Publishing and the project is co-ordinated by Outside the Box – Earth, Arts, Rights. Fran is donating 50% of the proceeds of sales of the book to the Hobart Women’s Shelter.

Media contact: Robin Banks 0459 800 570

The venue is wheelchair accessible and Auslan sign language interpreters will be available.


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