Does terminology matter?

Does terminology matter?

The terminology around domestic violence can seem confusing and although many of them essentially mean the same thing it is important to understand them and some people have a preference for one rather than another. Domestic Violence DV - an abbreviation of domestic...

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Community Support and Financial Stability

Community Support and Financial Stability

The workplace has the potential to not only change lives but to save them. Two crucial components for someone living in or escaping from an abusive relationship is community and financial stability. Employers can offer both of these. The workplace is a community. The...

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We must end the silence.

We must end the silence.

The balance of power is shifting in Hollywood with actresses who have long been forced into silence or vilified for speaking up now banding together. The silence around Harvey Weinstein has has ended and since then he has been: Sacked from his company His wife has...

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Adult Survivors of Childhood Domestic Violence

Adult Survivors of Childhood Domestic Violence

The talk around domestic violence has started to include the impact on childhood for children raised in an abusive household. There is absolutely no way a child can live in a home where abuse is a daily part of life and not be effected. Children witness the...

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This will not define me!

This will not define me!

'This will not define me' Jennifer Aniston The year before I left my abusive relationship Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt split. I admit I was one of the few people who didn't really register with me at the time. My own life was so far out of whack, I didn't have the...

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Obviously – The word that changed my life.

Obviously – The word that changed my life.

Obviously! I would never of imagined such a simple word could have such a big impact on how I viewed myself and the world I had lived in. Applying for an AVO I was in court, in the witness box to be precise. I was applying for an interim Apprehended Domestic Violence...

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Proud to be a Penda App Ambassador

Proud to be a Penda App Ambassador

This week I had the privilege to go to Canberra to be the Keynote Speaker at Parliament House for the launch of the Penda App. I am also honoured to be the Ambassador. It feels good to be able to give back after all the support I received when I left my abusive...

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Being referred to as a victim is a personal choice.

Being referred to as a victim is a personal choice.

I am happy to use the word victim to describe myself in my prior life when I lived with abuse. I was a Victim Describing myself as someone who was a victim, to me seems fitting; given I spent most of my life being victimised. I do not see admitting that as a weakness,...

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Listening with knowledge and empathy.

Listening with knowledge and empathy.

Listening to someone disclosing that they are in an abusive relationship is not easy and whilst I wish I could write a list of things of what to say and what not to say life is just not that simple and domestic violence certainly isn't. Of course, their certain do's...

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