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March 25, 2020

Scotland leads on ♀ rights

I was wading through my emails and came across one about period poverty. It caught my eye knowing how hard it is for the women who come to Bonnies’ to afford sanitary products. Scotland’s government is making a new law for sanitary products to be…

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March 19, 2020

Toxic masculinity

Toxic masculinity is one of those phrases that gets thrown around with abandon. And all too often it’s confused with plain old masculinity. The fact is, there is a world of difference between masculinity and the toxic version of it. One seeks to smash, demean…

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March 12, 2020

What coercive control looks like

Many people wonder why women stay with obsessive controlling men or how they get involved with them in the first place. The descent into an abusive relationship is often slow and subtle. What may seem like a normal romance to start with, gradually turns into…

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February 26, 2020

Challenging behaviour?

The other day I was at the doctor’s with a mum from Bonnie’s. She was very focused on her youngest child who was screaming and crying as he was getting his bandages removed. Her other child who’s 3yrs old was calling for her mother to…

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February 13, 2020

Financial abuse

Family and domestic violence is generally thought of as physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse. But there is another insidious abuse experienced by many women. This abuse can be difficult to talk about and its ramifications can last well after women have escaped the relationship….

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February 3, 2020

Women’s Legal Service

Often people don’t really know that they have a legal problem until they see a lawyer. They don’t understand the consequences of the problem. And often they’re unsure where to get help. They think that it’s going to cost a fortune to get a lawyer…

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December 16, 2019

Xmas at Bonnie’s

The time leading up to Christmas is quite lovely here at Bonnie’s. Workers begin to decorate their offices and are provided with an Advent calendar. Our group activities usually finish just before Christmas so there are end of group lunches and celebrations happening. There are also…

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December 2, 2019

A Tribute to our Sisters’ Story

I was recently asked to write a blog about my experience at Bonnie’s… It’s Tuesday early evening. I’m sitting behind the quiet of my computer after everyone has left the building. As I do so, I begin to wonder if any of the women who…

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November 20, 2019

What is Halal?

I was standing in Bonnie’s kitchen during our Halloween celebration and I was asked if the party pies were Halal? They were. Then someone asked me, ‘What is Halal?’. I didn’t really know what to answer. So I did some research. I was surprised to…

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November 14, 2019

The Pain Gap

Untested and unsafe medical implants have caused women to suffer, causing many complications and chronic pain. Women fitted with contraceptive devices, mesh implants and breast implants, have come out in force against pharmaceutical companies by organising a class-action lawsuit against them. These companies have often…

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November 7, 2019

Absorbing the world

“They’re only children, they don’t understand” or, “They weren’t hit” is often said by parents, carers and members of the community. But research shows that the impact of domestic violence on children is real and can be detrimental to their growth and development. The younger the child, the…

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October 23, 2019

The power of a young person

Young people are fearless, dynamic and self-confident. They are filled with hope, ideas and aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. They have become problem solvers and have increased the momentum to generate a positive social change across the world. The number of young people…

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October 10, 2019

Acknowledgement of Country

It came as a surprise to me, that my four-year-old came home the other day from her childcare, performing an acknowledgement of country. She proudly recited the words off by heart. She then proceeded to tell me that they acknowledge country every day at her…

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September 26, 2019

Meet Katrina Ironside

Bonnie’s new partnership with the Women’s Legal Service comes after 5 years of wrangling to find the resources to make it happen. It means that we are now lucky enough to have weekly visits from one of their feisty and fabulous lawyers, Katrina Ironside. Katrina…

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September 19, 2019

SHEroes

Recently, I started thinking about the female characters that I was exposed to while growing up during the 1980’s and 90’s. At school, we studied books by George Orwell (1984), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), William Golding (Lord of the flies) and lots and lots…

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