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June 24, 2019

Stepping into another worker’s shoes

I recently had the opportunity to accompany Bianca, one of our tenancy workers, to the Tenancy Tribunal. A client had accumulated substantial rental arrears and was refusing to engage with Bonnie’s. On the way over, I discovered that the client was someone with whom I…

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June 12, 2019

Emotional Abuse

At Bonnie’s this year, we have been learning a lot about the Safe and Together Addressing Complexity (STACy) model (developed by the Safe and Together Institute) to work effectively with survivors of domestic and family violence. One of the things that I’ve learnt from studying…

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May 30, 2019

Walking together with courage

I grew up in the Parramatta area where there’s a strong connection to the local Aboriginal community. My mother is a librarian and as a young child, she would bring books back from her library. Often these books were Dreamtime stories that explained the creations…

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May 20, 2019

Making small change

Kidz Space at Bonnie’s is a place where kids can come to share and learn about themselves in a safe environment. It’s for kids aged 7-11 who have witnessed domestic violence but haven’t had a chance to speak about it. Kidz Space gives them the…

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May 13, 2019

What it means to be a mother

The Mothering Job © Marian N. Kehrley I watched my Mom fill out an application. I looked at the line that asks about past professions. I thought to myself, that space is too small To write down what she’s been, to cover it all. She was…

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May 3, 2019

What a day – the RAP launch

Almost two years ago, Bonnie’s committed to actively join the journey to reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. The whole team at Bonnie’s, including our staff and our Board, have been working towards this together since then. The commitment comes…

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April 18, 2019

From receiving to giving

We have many volunteers helping at Bonnie’s behind the scenes. Some of them clean and help fix things, others hand out food and spend time with the women and children. The other day I met a woman who was volunteering with us who not so…

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April 8, 2019

6 Podcasts Where You Feel All the Feels

Podcasts are the perfect escape for those days you just want some alone time, or are maybe strapped for cash but want to listen to some awesome women talking about stuff that matters. Podcasts can be your friend, your educator or just someone to make…

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March 28, 2019

Why our RAP matters

On April the 11th we at Bonnie’s will be launching our very first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our RAP has been a long time in the making, and we are immensely proud to have had the guidance of community leaders, Norma Burrows from Liverpool Council,…

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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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