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July 8, 2020

Men speak up

It’s a common scene. A group of men gather together after work at a local bar and start to banter. The conversation turns to the looks of the female bartender and what she would be like in bed. Sexist jokes are made by your mate…

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July 3, 2020

About MATE

Culture impacts how we perceive the world and interact with others. Like when we welcome someone with a handshake or by kissing them on the cheek or with a bow – we are following the norms that society has set. The same goes for norms…

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June 24, 2020

How we adapted creatively

When the COVID-19 restrictions commenced, we had such concern for the women at Bonnie’s. In their past, they have often been isolated from their support systems and families due to domestic violence. We didn’t know how they would cope with COVID-19. This prompted us to…

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June 15, 2020

Big bank says no to abuse

Domestic Violence is often seen as physical violence but there are so many other types of violence abusers will use. Some that are very hidden indeed. Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has discovered that customers were using their banking services to conduct abuse. Bank transaction abuse is…

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May 20, 2020

Women supporting women

One year ago I decided to take some time off to be with my children. I’ve worked all of my adult life, through all of my pregnancies and while raising my babies. But it was now time to have a year off to dedicate to…

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May 13, 2020

Mother’s day surprise

When you are a mum with young kids, Mother’s day is usually the day that you look forward to receiving homemade gifts from your children. Ones that they have made at school, and/or maybe a little gift they have bought from the mother’s day stall….

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May 8, 2020

Works of love

Carmel from Clancy College and Sue, a Community Worker at Bonnie’s with some of the crocheted items Carmel and a small group of ladies from Clancy College make beanies, scarves and blankets for the women and children at Bonnie’s. Sometimes they leave little messages of…

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April 24, 2020

Bonnie’s in the Corona world 

During these times, we have made some changes to the way we work and support women and their children – but we are still open and will remain so. The women we work with are now mostly being supported by phone, however face-to-face appointments are…

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April 10, 2020

Newly Vulnerable

Meet An Le – our Bonnie’s wonder woman who never missed a beat as a leader …and then came the baby!  I don’t think I truly understood what mental health and loneliness felt like until I had my baby….  He came early. I had expected…

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March 25, 2020

Scotland leads on ♀ rights

I was wading through my emails and came across one about period poverty. It caught my eye knowing how hard it is for the women who come to Bonnies’ to afford sanitary products. Scotland’s government is making a new law for sanitary products to be…

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March 19, 2020

Toxic masculinity

Toxic masculinity is one of those phrases that gets thrown around with abandon. And all too often it’s confused with plain old masculinity. The fact is, there is a world of difference between masculinity and the toxic version of it. One seeks to smash, demean…

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March 12, 2020

Seeing the signs of control

Many people wonder why women stay with obsessive controlling men or how they get involved with them in the first place. The descent into an abusive relationship is often slow and subtle. What may seem like a normal romance to start with, gradually turns into…

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February 26, 2020

Connecting emotionally with kids

The other day I was at the doctor’s with a mum from Bonnie’s. She was very focused on her youngest child who was screaming and crying as he was getting his bandages removed. Her other child who’s 3yrs old was calling for her mother to…

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February 13, 2020

Financial abuse

Family and domestic violence is generally thought of as physical, emotional, sexual and psychological abuse. But there is another insidious abuse experienced by many women. This abuse can be difficult to talk about and its ramifications can last well after women have escaped the relationship….

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February 3, 2020

How useful a lawyer can be

Often people don’t really know that they have a legal problem until they see a lawyer. They don’t understand the consequences of the problem. And often they’re unsure where to get help. They think that it’s going to cost a fortune to get a lawyer…

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