Deanie Mulu was brought up in a family where poverty, violence and abuse were the norm. Attracted to abusive men like her father, she became pregnant in her teens. After the children’s father left, Deanie began neglecting them herself and they were taken away by social services. New Zealand has the third highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world, leading to a vicious cycle of abused children becoming abusive parents. Today with help from social workers, Deanie’s been reunited with her children. “I was a voice that wasn’t heard but could only hear myself,” she says. “I thought I’m not going to give up, I’m going to carry on until you know they hear me and hear me so well that I’m going to get my children back”.