Darcia Ondrovcik grew up in the shadow of domestic violence. She was able to break free of the tragic cycle and forge her own path. Today, Darcia is a renowned personality in the fitness industry, with more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer, coach and athlete on the world stage. Darcia believes her experiences—how they influenced her life and how she ultimately overcame them—have given her the strength to share her story. Her mission is to help people in similar situations find their voice and start taking ownership of their lives, with the aim of ending the cycle of domestic violence forever.
Darcia is the founder of Beauty In Strength, an online program that provides fitness, nutrition and motivational support to clients around the world; a portion of all proceeds is donated to the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, where she is also an ambassador. In her spare time, Darcia travels around Australia as a speaker and consultant to increase awareness of domestic violence and offer support to all those who have been affected.
“My mission is to end the cycle of domestic violence in Australia. To achieve this, I will continue to share lessons from my own background to empower others to take ownership of their lives, regardless of what may have happened in the past. With the right plan and support network in place, people are free to embrace the journey and live a life of passion, happiness and love.” a personal trainer, coach, world athlete, and domestic violence survivor and ambassador. In this episode, she shares her own story, including how she has used fitness to help her break free from domestic and family violence and how she has used this to help others.
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Australia: White Ribbon Australia www.whiteribbon.org.au 1 800 737 732
USA: The National Domestic Violence Hotline www.thehotline.org 1 800 799 7233
Beauty In Strength www.beautyinstrength.com.au
RUBY (through the PCYC)
Allison Baden-Clay Foundation www.allisonbadenclayfoundation.org.au