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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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December 16, 2019

Xmas at Bonnie’s

The time leading up to Christmas is quite lovely here at Bonnie’s. Workers begin to decorate their offices and are provided with an Advent calendar. Our group activities usually finish just before Christmas so there are end of group lunches and celebrations happening. There are also…

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December 2, 2019

A Tribute to our Sisters’ Story

I was recently asked to write a blog about my experience at Bonnie’s… It’s Tuesday early evening. I’m sitting behind the quiet of my computer after everyone has left the building. As I do so, I begin to wonder if any of the women who…

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November 20, 2019

What is Halal?

I was standing in Bonnie’s kitchen during our Halloween celebration and I was asked if the party pies were Halal? They were. Then someone asked me, ‘What is Halal?’. I didn’t really know what to answer. So I did some research. I was surprised to…

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November 14, 2019

The Pain Gap

Untested and unsafe medical implants have caused women to suffer, causing many complications and chronic pain. Women fitted with contraceptive devices, mesh implants and breast implants, have come out in force against pharmaceutical companies by organising a class-action lawsuit against them. These companies have often…

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November 7, 2019

Absorbing the world

“They’re only children, they don’t understand” or, “They weren’t hit” is often said by parents, carers and members of the community. But research shows that the impact of domestic violence on children is real and can be detrimental to their growth and development. The younger the child, the…

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October 23, 2019

The power of a young person

Young people are fearless, dynamic and self-confident. They are filled with hope, ideas and aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. They have become problem solvers and have increased the momentum to generate a positive social change across the world. The number of young people…

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October 10, 2019

Acknowledgement of Country

It came as a surprise to me, that my four-year-old came home the other day from her childcare, performing an acknowledgement of country. She proudly recited the words off by heart. She then proceeded to tell me that they acknowledge country every day at her…

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September 26, 2019

Meet Katrina Ironside

Bonnie’s new partnership with the Women’s Legal Service comes after 5 years of wrangling to find the resources to make it happen. It means that we are now lucky enough to have weekly visits from one of their feisty and fabulous lawyers, Katrina Ironside. Katrina…

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September 19, 2019

SHEroes

Recently, I started thinking about the female characters that I was exposed to while growing up during the 1980’s and 90’s. At school, we studied books by George Orwell (1984), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), William Golding (Lord of the flies) and lots and lots…

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September 5, 2019

The right to choose

In the 1970’s, 80 women declared themselves criminals due to having had abortions.  Courageously, they took an ad out in a national newspaper, denouncing themselves and calling for abortion to be made legal. Now 50 years on, it’s still classified as illegal to have an…

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August 22, 2019

Culture change

Those of us who work combating domestic violence, or are simply concerned about domestic violence will know that culture change is at the heart of making a significant change. This means changing how boys view girls and how girls view girls. It means changing how…

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August 16, 2019

Boys will be boys – No more

“It was as if liking girl characters made me a joke” says Damian Alexander in the Boredpanda article called ‘Guy Illustrates How Boys Develop Sexism From Seemingly Small Interactions With Adults’. As I read the article and browsed Damian’s comics, I found myself reflecting on a…

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