Bonnie Support Services

Bonnie Support Services
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 around gender.  The way we behave with each other is […]

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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 find new ways to continue our important work. In normal […]

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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 where an abuser uses bank deposits to convey an abusive […]

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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 my family. I was lucky enough to be able 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. But this year due to the health pandemic, lots of […]

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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 love with the items to inspire the person who receives […]

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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 still occurring when necessary. Additionally, whenever we can we 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 to work until the very end of my pregnancy but […]

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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 free – the first nation to do so. I never […]

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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 and intimidate any perceived threats. The other is comfortable and […]

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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 a controlling and intimidating relationship and escalates into a pathological […]

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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 get her a balloon. I tried to help but I […]

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