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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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October 25, 2018

Candlelight Vigil

Join us to commemorate women who have been murdered in 2018 due to domestic violence As part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Bonnie Support Services will be facilitating a Candlelight Vigil on the 22nd of November, to remember the women…

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October 17, 2018

A beaming smile takes time

One of the most joyous parts of working at Bonnie’s is observing the positive change in the children who come to us. When they first arrive their sense of ‘unsafety’ is often what is most noticeable – Watchful eyes, sometimes tears, sticking closely to their…

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October 11, 2018

A letter of thanks

This is a thank you letter to my family worker and to Bonnie Support Services. My name is Rachel*. I was born in West Africa in a country called Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone I was married to a man whom I believed was meant…

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September 26, 2018

I am not the only one

My name is Melissa * and I am 38 years old. I came on 9th September 2013 to Bonnie’s Support Services with my two children. Angela* my daughter was ten years old at that time and my son Tom* was about to turn seven. At this…

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September 17, 2018

Re-energised through art

Recently, a group of women from Bonnie’s Creative Space connected over inspiring art and fine dining. They visited the 2017 Archibald prize exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse and ignited their taste buds at the Bellbird Dining and Bar for a special celebratory lunch. Bonnie’s Creative…

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September 12, 2018

Seeing more

A few of us were at lunch when a child from Bonnie’s joined us. Her mother was in a session with another worker. She had all of our attention. One of us played with her using the ‘Bear Cards’, a set of emotion cards; she…

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September 6, 2018

Words CAN make a difference

When Tracy, Bonnie’s executive officer suggested I attend FACS Domestic Violence training I thought “Why send me, the Administration Officer?” But she knew better. I must admit, I found myself regularly feeling unsure how to respond to people when they enquired about my work. They…

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August 30, 2018

The breath

One valuable resource inherent to all of us is our breath. Breathing deeply allows us to release stress, become calmer and feel more energised. However, it’s easy to forget to breathe deeply. Particularly when our nervous system has dealt with more than what seems fair for…

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August 20, 2018

The difference a phone call can make

A little while back, I received a phone call from a woman. She was softly spoken with a hesitant voice, enquiring about obtaining support for her and her 2 children. She had been physically assaulted and she was summoned to appear in court to testify….

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August 14, 2018

One woman’s story

On the 14th November 2014 I made the decision to leave the relationship I was currently in due to ongoing domestic violence. I left with my son who was at the time eight years old in hope of starting a new life. I tried to…

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