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August 17, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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May 19, 2017
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Taking Action for Reconciliation

  National Reconciliation Week is coming up at the end of this month. It’s an important time for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people in Australia because two events of significance are remembered in this week. Saturday May 27 marks the anniversary of the…

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May 19, 2017
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Gertie and Ruth: Supporter Story

When the working day is done and the kids are in bed, Sydney lawyer Trish Williams doesn’t crash on the couch in front of My Kitchen Rules, she gets down to business dreaming up ingenious ways to build her philanthropic online initiative Gertie and Ruth….

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May 18, 2017
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Working (and playing) together

What does it mean to be part of a team? Teamwork is a word we hear a lot throughout our lives, meaning a group of people working together cooperatively to accomplish a common purpose or goal. We do that at Bonnie’s. But I feel a…

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May 12, 2017
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The Power of Story

My name is Zual. I am a modern Muslim woman. Many Muslim women in today’s world struggle with blatant discrimination. However, because I do not wear the hijab covering my hair, I am not subject to the same harshness. I do not have a piece…

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May 11, 2017
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Lucy is leaving Bonnie’s

Lucy is leaving Bonnie’s to work with asylum seekers at the Red Cross. She spoke to Kate on her last day. It’s going to be a bit of a wake-up call, leaving behind the women-centred work culture of Bonnie’s. It’s been such a supportive, friendly…

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May 2, 2017
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Food, friends and fun

Every Friday at Bonnie House and Mimosa, many of the families who are currently living in our accommodation get together in the kitchen where they have lots of fun learning new cooking skills and sharing delicious meals made from recipes across the world. We use…

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