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“I believe everything happens for a reason and now I can’t imagine not being involved in domestic violence awareness,” says former Mrs Universe Ireland, Monica Walsh.

When the Dublin-based pre-school teacher was representing Ireland in the 2015 Mrs Universe pageant, the contestants were tasked with writing a speech on domestic violence. While researching on the topic, the Polish native started remembering events in her own life and repressed memories started coming to surface.

“When I was looking for information about domestic violence, I recalled that I actually had a similar situation in my family where my aunt was killed by my uncle,” says Walsh, who has taken it upon herself to become a catalyst for change in the area of domestic violence.

Monica Walsh represented Ireland in the Miss Universe competition

Losing her godmother to domestic abuse, as well as her involvement in the international beauty pageant, were two of big motivations in writing her upcoming debut book, Take Me Out of This Hell, which includes stories from a number of domestic violence survivors.

“I always knew that I wanted to write a book, but I didn’t expect it to be about domestic violence. I thought it would be about fashion, teaching, or English as a second language. Everyday I wake up and check my emails and I always have someone messaging me about advice, that’s how my day starts and I wouldn’t want it any different.”

While Walsh recognises the pressure that can come from campaigning for a cause that, according to research, affects one in four women in Ireland, she attributes her perseverance to the countless emails she receives on a daily basis. “Every time when I want to give up, someone reminds me to keep working on it and to try my best and keep going,” she adds.

The mother of one, who has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Teaching and 15 years of experience working with children, believes that children are often the forgotten victims of domestic violence.


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