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November 17, 2015

What is a “Real Man”?

Recently Malcolm Turnbull said in a speech that “real men don’t hit women”. Whilst his intention may be noble, this idea of what a “real man” is, is at the heart of the issue of domestic violence. These traditional notions of masculinity are crippling us. This recent blog is a very interesting read on this […]

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November 13, 2015

The Power of Community

  I came across this wonderfully refreshing article showing how communities can work together to solve a problem: in this case, a high rate of DV in the Tiwi Islands. The small community of Wurrimiyanga in the Northern Territory has shown that by taking action and responsibility as a whole, they can foster change and work towards a happier more peaceful community for all. I […]

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November 10, 2015

Will this makes things better?

When you head up a domestic violence service you can be asked pretty soon after an announcement “So Ms Phillips do you have any comments, has the government done enough?” Recently, Mike Baird, the Premier of NSW, said “Domestic violence is a plague that needs to be eradicated across this state and country. No one […]

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October 9, 2015

Join us and make a promise to yourself

Mental Health Australia is doing something very exciting with their campaign for Mental Health Month this year. On their website they have a Promise Wall where people can post a promise to themselves to do one thing better for their mental health. As I write this there are over 10,000 promises on the wall. They’re […]

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October 7, 2015

Like a girl?

Every month, the Victorian Women’s Trust publishes the online newsletter called Sheila’s. It’s always a great read and every month, it features a cartoon from the wonderful Judy Horachek.   Here’s is this month’s issue, the cartoon plays with gender sterotyping and the language that goes with it.   Wonderful, huh? Sign up for the newsletter here!  

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October 2, 2015

An Inside View of a Refuge

  Our Executive Officer found this post about 3 days in a refuge for women and their kids. I particularly liked it because it’s so easy to read, features beautiful illustrations and, most importantly, helped me understand what it must be like to be in crisis accommodation. I love the way it walks through the […]

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September 30, 2015

What’s Not Okay…. ?

Bonnie’s loves this video from New Zealand. It reminds us that family violence takes many forms and NONE of them are OK. Sometimes everyday violent behaviours slip under the radar and are almost excused because they don’t seem to fit that very BIG label of Domestic Violence. But as you will see those behaviours, without […]

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September 22, 2015

Domestic violence: it’s an issue for men and women

The other day we received an interesting call at Bonnie’s. It was from a man, calling about his little sister. She was experiencing domestic violence and he was feeling helpless, trying to get any information he could about how to support her. Calls from family and friends are not unusual for Bonnie’s but there was […]

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September 18, 2015

We must do more

Shockingly, last week in Australia, three women and two children were murdered in so-named “domestic” circumstances. The murder of a woman and her 7 year old grandson at Lalor Park, by the son and uncle of the two; the murder of two Queensland women, in separate incidents by their former partners and finally the murder […]

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September 18, 2015

Let’s talk sexual consent

Sexual consent is something that’s not usually discussed in our everyday conversations with friends, family and co-workers. Is it because we assume that everyone understands what it means or is it because the conversation makes us feel uncomfortable and awkward? Sexual consent is such an important matter and it needs to be talked about openly. […]

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September 9, 2015

If your child could talk

We love this video. This is beautiful crafted video that provides insight on what your child would say to you if they could talk.                         Remember to visit the NAPCAN website to find out more about Child Protection Week 6th-12th September 2015.  

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September 7, 2015

Keeping Children Safe

Recently, one child at Bonnie’s said, “My father is a lion, and I am a sheep” . He was describing what it felt like being in the house when he was unable to help his mother. Most of the children we see every day at Bonnie’s could identify at least one of the following feelings […]

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