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Taking control to change life for the better FORMER police officer turned business and life coach Ruth Cyster-Stuettgen wants women to know they can have a bright future no matter how dark the present can be. The mother-of-three has turned her life around after leaving an abusive situation and has written a book called From Misery to Mastery: Journey to Freedom and Empowerment as a guide for anyone who has â€œever felt lost, helpless or scared of what your life has becomeâ€?. She hopes the book can find an audience with â€œwomen who are suffering in silence behind closed doorsâ€? and give women tips and strategies to empower themselves to make a change. â€œThe reason why I wanted to write the book was to use it as a tool for myself to heal and to be a voice for other women going through the same thing.â€? The book includes practical exercises to enable women to forgive themselves for tolerating abusive situations due to feeling isolated before seeking support. The authorâ€™s own life has been a journey to seek freedom from oppression. In the early 1980s her family left South Africa and moved to Australia. â€œWe left to basically escape the Apartheid regime and have a better life in Australia,â€? she said. After studying for a degree at La Trobe University, Ms Cyster-Stuettgen joined Victoria Police and spent time living in Germany after leaving the force. Despite an outwardly happy disposition and life, she said appearances can be deceiving.
Strong advice: Ruth Cyster-Stuettgen has written a book she believes can help women navigate themselves away from unhappy and abusive domestic situations. Picture: Yanni
â€œThere are so many women out there in an abusive situation who donâ€™t appear to be going through things like that and thatâ€™s a dangerous thing. â€œTry to be strong enough to step out and create of seek help from support systems to not have to be scared of consequences of speaking out.â€? Ms Cyster-Stuettgen used to attend domestic violence incidents during her time in the police force and she believes the way authorities in the legal system deal with such cases has improved since the 1980s. â€œDecide that enough is enough, and take control of your life â€“ move to-
wards one of peace, love and success, for yourself and your family.â€? From Misery to Mastery: Journey to Freedom and Empowerment published by Busybird Publishing will be officially launched at Petersenâ€™s Bookstore, 103 High St, Hastings on Sunday 14 June, 3-5pm with special guest Rose Batty, domestic violence campaigner and Australian of the Year. Entry is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Ruth Cyster-Stuettgen on 0432 441 146 or see ruthstuettgen.com.au for further details. Neil Walker
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Western Port News 2 June 2015
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