The Western Sydney politician went on to explain how the cycle of violence would continue and was nearly impossible to break, with her mother attempting to leave with the children, and being forced to flee refuges because her father would learn their location.
"We know women return time and time again even when their lives are massively disrupted along with their children's and I hope that the blame that was launched at my Mum during the 90s for not leaving is no longer part of the 'solution' around domestic violence and I hope the questions of 'why doesn't she just leave' quit being asked," she said.
"Sadly, the wheel of domestic violence continues to affect my life as a grown woman, with children of my own," she said.
"The last 16 years of my life have been and continue to be affected by domestic and family violence. "
"For many years I was embarrassed and ashamed," she said.
"I know that I shouldn't be but I am.
"I hope that today I have lent my voice, my story, and my passion for advocating change to the choir of the White Ribbon movement who call on us to stand up, speak out and act."
White Ribbon Day is tomorrow, November 25.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact 1800 Respect (1800 737 732)