Bonnie Support Services

Bonnie Support Services
June 4, 2021

They all call me ‘Miss’ 

 I once read a quote by Vincent Van Gogh that said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Being a Child and Youth (CYW) worker means no two days are the same. On the surface, what we do might seem easy to define but actually the […]

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May 21, 2021

Marryanne’s Mission To Find Out What’s Missing

Marryanne’s Mission to Find Out What’s Missing   In light of the latest devastating murders of two women, we need to ask ourselves, what can we do so that women don’t fall through the gaps in services and care? What changes can we make so every woman gets the best response to support them in […]

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May 7, 2021

Leaving is Never Easy

  As a caseworker working with women experiencing Domestic Violence, I’ve learnt that there is no no one perfect road to safety. Sometimes it is direct and other times it’s a learning experience with various stops along the way.  Recently I was working with a particular client and the experience genuinely broke my heart. “Everything […]

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April 12, 2021

My First Year as a Rapid Response Worker

  I come from a background in medical science and a laboratory so quiet you can hear a pin drop, so moving to Bonnie’s was quite different to what I had become accustomed to. The office here has a constant buzz of activity with women coming in and out, children’s toys scattered across the floor […]

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March 18, 2021

My first march, my first ‘Pussy Grabs Back’

  Just two days ago, I walked alongside tens of thousands of Australians who protested in the streets of our capital cities and towns against gender based violence.  #March4Justice was sparked by the bravery of Brittany Higgins coming forward with the truth about her experience of sexual assault in Parliament house. The march was an […]

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March 8, 2021

Still Protesting 100 years later

International Women’s Day (IDW) was never on my radar until I started at Bonnies. In my previous profession, as a teacher, we didn’t really celebrate or particularly talk about it. I regret that now, and see how important the celebration of this day can be for sparking conversation and learning. In the lead up to […]

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February 26, 2021

Talking TV – Don’t Miss This!

  I realise I’ve been telling everyone about a new series called Morning Wars. It’s an American drama about abuse of power and sexual assault in the workplace. It’s set on a TV morning talk show in the wake of the #MeToo movement and it’s had a profound effect on my thinking. It  hit home […]

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February 19, 2021

Watch Out Here We Come!

  Starting a new job is daunting any time, but I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into an all-female team for the very first time. I’ve never worked for a female run organisation and I was excited to join a team of progressive and inspiring women. As a newbie here at Bonnies, one of […]

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January 30, 2021

More than just a name

As a part of the 2020 International 16 Days of Activism campaign to challenge violence against women and girls,  Bonnie Support Services hosted a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday 16 December 2020. One of the most powerful and moving parts of the vigil is the roll call of women’s lives lost. For those of us who weren’t […]

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December 24, 2020

Bring on 2021 – we’re ready!

Hi everyone, I’m Ciara and next year I’ll be stepping into a new role as Team Leader here at Bonnie’s. I’m excited, and of course a little bit nervous too. It’s a role that’s new to me (and I definitely have big shoes to fill!) but after two years working here and feeling the power […]

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November 25, 2020

Protection for pets

Libby has a dog and two kids. They live at home with Libby’s partner Fred. Fred is abusive. He’s hit Libby many times and is emotionally abusive. Libby’s had enough and wants to get out. But she doesn’t know where to go. She knows she can find places of support for her and the kids […]

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November 16, 2020

Reclaiming the home

When Covid hit this year, Bonnie’s staff had to come up with some creative ways to physically distance. One of these ways was to use the office in one of our crisis homes. While spending more time in the home, ideas emerged about how to create an improved living space. We involved the women in […]

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