Domestic Violence survivor and Adelaide City Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh is no stranger to sharing his story and he does so to educate the youth about healthy relationships.
In 2015, alongside his sisters, he founded the Zahra Foundation in his mother’s honour, after her public death at the Adelaide Convention Centre in March 2010. The charity aims to empower women through financial independence in a bid to break the cycle of violence.
Arman Abrahimzadeh grew up in an abusive household, living in fear that his father would harm or kill him, his mum or his sisters.
In 2009, his late mother mustered up the courage to flee with her children, becoming homeless before being referred to domestic violence shelters. After 12 months of stalking and threats, Arman’s father finally carried out his threat and killed his mother Zahra, during a Persian New Year celebration in front of hundreds of witnesses.
Since then Arman has become an anti-domestic violence campaigner and ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign and Our Watch Australia.
To ensure young South Australians are hearing Arman’s message he is returning to his high school to speak about healthy relationships and the role young men play in reducing and eliminating family and domestic violence.
Today, Arman will speak to over 250 students at Valley View Secondary from a range of year levels about his experiences and the work of many organisations able to assist those requiring assistance, including the Zahra Foundation.
Arman says he has worked closely with the school over the past few years, and his influence is evident as the school has named one of their houses after him.
The “Arman House” is represented by a Crocodile, a symbol of wisdom, protector and keeper of all knowledge.
“I think it is crucial to talk about healthy relationships and the impacts of family and domestic violence with school aged students. I always reflect on my experiences as a teenager and how I saw things in my family home and hope that my story helps others facing similar challenges” he said.