Jimmy Bartel has opened up about the domestic abuse he witnessed as a child.
Speaking to WHO magazine on Thursday, the former AFL star explained how he ‘watched his mother crawling away from the abusive hands of his father’ when he was just four years old.
The 35-year-old is now working with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a charitable organisation which helps protect children from violence.
‘There are still women and children dying’: Jimmy Bartel (pictured) opens up about the shocking domestic abuse he watched his mother ‘endure’ from his father
‘When you still turn on the news or the radio or you pick up a newspaper there are still women and children dying,’ said Jimmy.
‘That’s the thing, they’re dying at the hands of people who claim to be their loved ones.’
Jimmy then said domestic violence victims should confide in ‘someone [they] can trust’, as the worst thing a person can do is ‘remain in silence’.
Raising awareness: During an interview with Who on Thursday, the AFL star explained how he ‘watched his mother crawling away from the abusive hands of his father’ while four-years-old. Pictured: Jimmy with wife Nadia Bartel in Melbourne in February 2017
During an interview with The Herald Sun in 2016, Jimmy went into further detail on one of the shocking incidents he witnessed.
‘I remember Mum being on the floor in the hallway; he had repeatedly hit her, and she was trying to crawl away from him,’ admitted Jimmy.
‘I remember Olivia [his eldest sister] trying to push him away from Mum, and he physically threw her against the wall, like a rag doll, which is hard to comprehend.’
Jimmy said his other sister hid under the bed and he soon was ‘thrown’ as he tried to stand between his parents, before his father ‘belted’ his mother again.
‘That was a major turning point in my life,’ Jimmy said.
Decades later, Jimmy is now a proud father himself and admitted starting his own family ‘triggered his passion’ to help others.
The sportsman has two children with wife Nadia Bartel, sons Aston, three, and Henley, who was born in October.
Inspired: Jimmy is now a proud father himself to sons Aston, three, and Henley, who was born in October, and admitted starting his own family ‘triggered his passion’ to help others