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October 13, 2017
You are not powerless

Finding refuge at work

I came to Bonnie’s as a temp having been retrenched.  I thought I only needed work but the universe taught me otherwise, that I needed the refuge of Bonnie’s too and how wonderful Bonnie’s is at supporting all who walk through its doors. Many who…

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September 28, 2017
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How can acting help overcome homelessness

Who We Are A poem by Milk Crate Theatre Participant, Pauline Trenerry ​ We are hoarders, hiders, helpers, keepers of knowledge. Experts in cheap meals, low fares/no fares, St Vinnies, Missionbeat, the Salvos. Multitudes who parties ignore Chained to Centrelink, psychiatrists, social services held in…

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September 22, 2017
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Skills to Learn

I first came to Bonnie’s as a student and one of the things I love about working here is the emphasis on learning. I have never worked for an organisation that encourages self-development like Bonnies does. Not only am I learning something new from my…

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September 18, 2017

Behaviour change app for men

Bonnie’s works with women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. However there are many organisations that work with male perpetrators of domestic violence. Some programs aimed at changing the violent behaviour of men toward their partners are having significant success. According to research…

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September 8, 2017

The power of love

Love is a powerful influence in our lives. But, as I have found, writing about love is not an easy thing to do. People have so many different experiences that shape their perspective on what love means to them. Love comes in all different shapes…

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August 24, 2017

Why has this happened to me?

Those of us working in the field of domestic and family violence frequently hear survivors ask self-blaming questions such as: “Why did he do this to me?” and “Why does this keep happening to me?”. Helping survivors make sense of their experiences is part of…

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August 17, 2017

We belong

I grew up in a small town in Tasmania, as part of a Lebanese family… Being different is hard work when you’re a kid. Not only did I look different, but my family was different, my food was different and my culture and beliefs were…

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August 11, 2017

Domestic Violence Leave

Domestic Violence Leave is an issue of relevance to all of us. When you consider that one in three women experiences physical violence by the age of 15, and one in five experiences sexual violence, and that an average of one woman per week is…

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August 7, 2017

These are my days

It’s been 10 years since I left the worst DV relationship of my life… They say it takes seven years for all your skin cells to renew, which means there is now no part of my skin that he touched. But I’m not healed. I…

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July 28, 2017

The feeling of happiness

Happiness can feel elusive at times, especially when we face challenges in our lives. However, we can consciously work to create more happiness in our lives. The two main pathways to happiness are pleasure and meaning. While genetics contributes (some people are just born more…

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July 25, 2017

Mothers’ sons

When a woman escapes from violence at home, a refuge can be a safe port in a very stormy sea: an opportunity to regroup and begin the process of rebuilding her life. For many women, the safety of their children is a driving force in…

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July 13, 2017
Kids in Refuge

Kids live in refuges, too

The story is a familiar one. A woman escapes abuse, or finds herself homeless after a change in life circumstances, and ends up in a refuge. Many of us will know someone who has experienced domestic violence. Some of us may have experienced abuse or…

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June 23, 2017

Alternative Housing Models for Women in Crisis

After working hard for many years, in a job, raising children, or both, you want to know that you will be looked after. But for some women, the reality is very different. Many older women in Australia are finding themselves without the security they deserve….

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June 9, 2017
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Every dollar counts

How you can help Bonnie’s women and children At Bonnie’s, every dollar donated is spent on the women and children we support, many of whom experience hardship and disadvantage when they access our service. Our donors share our vision of a safe world where women…

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May 26, 2017

Choose a job you love

I started at Bonnie’s in October last year… I had a job in accounts but I’d been wanting to work in the community sector since finishing my Diploma in Community Services Work. So when the opportunity came up to become part of the new Rapid…

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