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May 14, 2018

First we Marched, now we Huddle!

While living in a multicultural area can be enriching and lively, it can also be isolating for many women. Language can often be a barrier to establishing new relationships and friendships. Here at Bonnie’s, we noticed that in our local area of Liverpool, women needed…

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May 8, 2018

The importance of respect

I’m a Family Worker at Bonnie’s. I work with women at all different stages but I really like the crisis work. It’s very intensive. These are women who have just left their situation – they go straight into the refuge with their kids and I…

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April 30, 2018

Bonnie’s creative group

For the past two years, on Tuesday mornings, the cozy and light-filled lounge room at Bonnie’s has been transformed into an art studio, where women have been coming together to create, connect and heal (not to mention talk, laugh and cry!). Our Creative Group is…

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April 18, 2018

What it’s like to be you

In my day-to-day work at Bonnies, it’s such a privilege to get to know people from all walks of life. Every day I am surprised by their stories, their life experiences, the way they think, their skills and talents. It’s so easy to make assumptions…

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April 11, 2018

Women doing it for themselves

I’ve been working with families in crisis for about six years now, two of those at Bonnie’s. Basically, I work with our mums. When families first come to us, there’s always a lot to sort out. I’ll help with going to the police, getting Mum…

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April 3, 2018

Life without a clitoris

I recently watched a TED Talk by an Australian woman called Khadija Gbla, who had her clitoris cut out with a rusty knife at the age of three. Khadija and her family were refugees, fleeing Sierra Leone. Her mother thought she was empowering her daughter…

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March 20, 2018

The work we do

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about my experience of being a caseworker again – even though it was only for a few hours. It was a powerful experience for me and I was struck by how easy it is to lose…

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March 9, 2018

Rob Porter: A cautionary tale

Rob Porter, the White House aide who resigned last month, after he was publicly accused of abusing his two former wives, was an upwardly mobile Harvard-educated Rhodes scholar with a well-connected family, and a Mormon. It’s no wonder the allegations against him remained secret for…

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March 2, 2018

Get Hairy February

When I was 13, my friend and I wanted to shave our legs. Our mums said no. But all the other girls at our new high school were doing it. So I stole my mum’s Bic and we shaved them, at school, in an empty…

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February 23, 2018

Women’s Day vigil – Join us!

In December last year, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Bonnie’s held a candlelight vigil to remember the Australian women who lost their lives to domestic violence during 2017. There were 49 women by year’s end. This year, another nine…

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February 16, 2018

Six films about sexual harassment 

The films below are based on real events… Many, perhaps most, of us have experienced sexual harassment. As part of the great lifting the lid on generations of silence and complicity, edited versions of these are now being screened on American TV as public service announcements….

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February 14, 2018

Saying ‘no’ to harassment

When I was in my mid-20s, I got a job as editor of a small newspaper. My boss was an overweight gay man with a wild temper. He always stood too close to me or leaned over me at my desk, so his stomach pushed…

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February 2, 2018

Managing conflict

Conflict is a normal part of life. Issues with communication and misunderstandings are often a source of conflict, as are differences in expectations, opinions, beliefs and values. However conflict is very different to domestic violence, in which there is a deliberate abuse of power and…

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January 22, 2018

Movement for mental health

Many people put exercise high on their list of resolutions for the New Year after over-indulging on fruit mince pies over the holiday season! We all know that exercise is good for our bodies but what many of us don’t realise is that exercise is…

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January 11, 2018

Candlelight Vigil 2017

In an average week in Australia, at least one woman is killed by her partner or former partner. As part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, held at the beginning of December, Bonnie Support Services organised Liverpool’s first ever candlelight vigil…

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