Transcript - Kim


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[On-screen text: We created a new kind of safety vest. Watch to see why]

[On-screen text: Kim. Tram Driver, Yarra Trams]

Kim: When you're driving a tram, you get all sorts of abuse, every day.

Some passengers, they'll call you an F'ing idiot. They'll call you every name under the sun.

Yes, I'm your tram driver, but I'm human as well.

I have feelings too. I think if people knew my story they would definitely treat me with a little bit more empathy.

[On-screen text: Kim's story]

Kim: I am a domestic violence survivor.

I left my domestic violence relationship in the early months of 2018, and then I met a wonderful partner eventually, and unfortunately two years later she took her own life.


[On-screen text: Psychologists have proven that once you know someone you treat them with more respect]

[On-screen text: So we put Dennis' life story onto his safety vest.]

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Kim: Some of my favourite memories with her are our long drives.

It would be like a Sunday night and it would be like, where do you want to go? I want to go over to the water and go and sit by the beach and just talk about absolutely nothing, or absolutely everything as well.

Nobody likes to think, in the mid 30s that they're technically a widow. But the beautiful thing that came out of it was that I had a new appreciation for life.

It switched my thinking to enjoy those simple pleasures in life. Don't take them for granted and that's what she would've wanted.

[On-screen text: Kim's vest]

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Kim: I said I wasn't gonna cry.

I suppose it'd make people stop and realise that everyone's got a story.

Everyone, everyone comes from somewhere, you know?

[On-screen text: Transport workers are people too. Please respect them.]

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[On-screen text: Public Transport Victoria]

[On-screen text: Victoria State Government] 

[On-screen text: Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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