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March 14, 2019

An enriching life

I was helping a young mum of two beautiful little girls; one of these girls was only 2 weeks old. This woman was escaping domestic violence, fearful for her life and the life of her daughters. She couldn’t believe that she was at this point…

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March 7, 2019

The Shark Cage

I welcomed another woman to Bonnie’s last week who, like so many before her, asked me questions that I found hard to answer. They went like this: how did I end up here? What did I do to deserve this? Why does this keep happening…

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February 25, 2019

Hopeful

I’ve been so moved lately. Hearing about women coming together, listening and giving space to one another, to talk about challenging experiences, has made me hopeful for our future. Sharing our stories and connecting with each other is the first step to healing and that’s…

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February 21, 2019

The Porn Factor

I watched a great documentary the other night called ‘The Porn Factor’ and it got me thinking. I have often heard a lot about how pornography affects young people’s sexual development. The Porn Factor says that 90% of boys view pornography by the age of…

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February 13, 2019

A love story

Rose and Yvette Gatwick  When I heard Tim Winton comment on one of his best reads of the year, a novel about domestic violence, he expressed how kindness can be transformative. It made think about kindness and what it means to be kind. While thinking about…

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February 7, 2019

A gift from the Heart

I received a phone call one day from a young woman offering to donate a room full of baby items. The woman explained that the items were all brand new and that she needed to drop them off today. The woman arrived at Bonnie’s soon…

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January 30, 2019

Survival Day

‘Australia Day’ has been and gone, however we should remember that the day is not a celebration for all people. For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Australia day comes with mixed feelings of sadness, grief, loss and also feelings of pride and resilience,…

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January 23, 2019

Using Creativity to Challenge Bullying

At Bonnie’s, we recently learnt that a 6-year-old connected to our service won a writing prize for a story she wrote in the Patrick White Indigenous Writers Award! We loved the story so much that we felt it was worth sharing on our blog. We…

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December 17, 2018

End of the Year at Bonnie’s

As the end of the year arrives, Bonnie’s team have been working harder than elves in a Santa’s factory, to ensure it is a festive season for all of the women and children who access our service. There is a lightness and a buzz in…

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December 7, 2018

Little mindful minds

We are all so caught up in rushing in our day-to-day lives. Getting kids ready for school, deadlines at work, picking up kids from school, making sure baths and homework are complete before bed (phew… am tired from just writing that!) that we forget to…

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November 28, 2018

I’m Ready to Break My Silence

Domestic violence is a silent topic. Victims hide it, survivors rarely talk about it, and society pretends it doesn’t exist. It’s the elephant in the room: everyone sees it, but no one wants to admit it is there. But ignoring domestic violence doesn’t make it…

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November 22, 2018

Journaling: A tool for Healing

Being in an abusive relationship can cause one to feel like they have lost their sense of self. When I was in unhealthy relationships, I would often disown the parts of me that my partner didn’t like. Either he would outright express his dislike of…

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November 15, 2018

A little bit more faith

A little while ago I was watching an Insight episode called “Rebuilding Your Life”. People were invited to talk about how they were rebuilding their lives after experiencing a catastrophic incident. One man said: “I was able to be independent and use my own skills…

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November 8, 2018

What are you grateful for?

Recently I was struck by a 6-year-olds answer to the question, what are you grateful for? The response was simple yet took me by surprise, “I am grateful for my warm bed to sleep in”. When I asked her why, she responded, “not everyone has…

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October 31, 2018

Knowledge is Power

In 2015, I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to Cambodia and spend three months teaching English to children. The school I volunteered at was built on a former landfill. All the children who attended the school used to work long hours on…

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