Our Stories

Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

William Carlos Williams


Some of the best learning comes from the real stories of women and children who have lived and survived domestic violence and/or the uncertainty around finding ‘a home to call our own’. Through our differences and our similarities, we can all get a better understanding of the real issues families face. And be inspired by them.

We thank our storytellers: these experiences are not always an easy thing to talk about. The truth behind domestic violence, homelessness and disadvantage is often kept hidden – either through a sense of shame or because women believe that the community just does not want to hear.

Bonnie’s is committed to sharing as many stories as we can here. This is just the beginning. As our new site grows, we will post more stories that reflect the diverse experiences and backgrounds of the women and children we work with. These stories will be useful to women seeking answers for themselves and also for others who can play an important supportive role.

bonnie1sat-smallYou might be a family member or friend wondering how you can help. Or an employer who is unsure whether to open a conversation and provide assistance. Or a neighbour who hears and sees things you find confronting. Or a professional delivering services across a range of community areas – health, education, policing, welfare etc.

To be a person is to have a story to tell.

Isak Dinesen

There is a saying: It takes a village to raise a child. We believe it takes a community to ensure all women and children are safe.

If you have a story you would like to share about your own journey with Bonnie’s to a safe and secure home, please email us or call.