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Domestic Violence Awareness: Let’s ‘Talk’ Action

In The Canberra Times on the fourteenth of this month, the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, Mirjana Wilson, referred to the surge in calls over the holiday period. She said it didn't reflect that domestic situations were worsening, rather...

Unemotional Is Caring: DV & Effective Workplace Policy

People are often surprised when I say I am gender neutral when it comes to finding solutions to the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. The majority view tends to be that gender is the major driver in domestic violence; and of course there is no doubt...

Ahead Of The Curve

An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it. Dee Hock More and more the line between work and home is merging. The days of the nine to five are well and truly over. In fact, for many of us, the only time we truly...

An Unsuitable Blog For A Woman

Dear Miranda Devine This is not a blog I intended to write this week, but unfortunately, I now feel compelled to. I have felt relieved over the past year to see Domestic Violence finally getting the media coverage it deserves, because violence thrives in silence, but...

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...

Domestic violence – Information I wish I’d Known

I am proud of the work I do in corporate because I understand information is powerful; it leads to understanding. And when someone is in a domestic violence relationship that information and understanding can lead to action. Action which leads to taking safe steps to...

Episode 9 Self-care and self image

Abusive relationships often put people down and create a cycle of negative self-talk and low self-esteem. How do you combat that negativity? In episode 9 of Hope Beyond Abuse, Lisa interviews Elise from Style and Sensibility.

Stories we tell about ourselves

The stories we tell about ourselves shape our lives. For those of us in our forties, clinging to outdated stories can prevent us from discovering who we are now and what we want. One of the things I love about my job is I get to do things for my business that are...

Why it was hard leaving domestic violence

The most common question I get asked when people find out I come from a background of domestic violence is, “Why didn’t you just leave?”. Leaving domestic violence Now the answer is complicated and obviously I can only give you my answer as everybody’s story is...

Workplaces can play an important role in an employees safety planning

Workplaces can take a proactive approach to assisting employees subjected to domestic violence with their safety plan. So what is a safety plan and why is it so important? It is important because leaving an abusive relationship and the months that follow are the most...

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...

Not all Men – my response

I have written this blog with my response to the comment, not all men. If I respond to comments I get torn down and not listened to. If I don't respond it is taken as prove I am wrong. So, from here on out this blog is going to be my response, because to be honest, I...

When mission and passion collide

For me 2018 is going to be a year when my mission and my passion collide. I am proud of the work I do. Deciding to share my story for a living was not an easy decision. The temptation to put the past in the past and let it rest was strong. But, I decided to use my...

At first I didn’t notice the abuse

I have a bad elbow, it is really painful, even it touching my clothes hurts. It is clear I have done something to injure it. But surely with this pain, that is getting worse I would notice when the injury happened and be able to tell when this pain started. It was...
Domestic Violence Awareness: Let’s ‘Talk’ Action

Domestic Violence Awareness: Let’s ‘Talk’ Action

In The Canberra Times on the fourteenth of this month, the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, Mirjana Wilson, referred to the surge in calls over the holiday period. She said it didn't reflect that domestic situations were worsening, rather...

read more
Unemotional Is Caring: DV & Effective Workplace Policy

Unemotional Is Caring: DV & Effective Workplace Policy

People are often surprised when I say I am gender neutral when it comes to finding solutions to the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. The majority view tends to be that gender is the major driver in domestic violence; and of course there is no doubt...

read more
Ahead Of The Curve

Ahead Of The Curve

An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it. Dee Hock More and more the line between work and home is merging. The days of the nine to five are well and truly over. In fact, for many of us, the only time we truly...

read more
An Unsuitable Blog For A Woman

An Unsuitable Blog For A Woman

Dear Miranda Devine This is not a blog I intended to write this week, but unfortunately, I now feel compelled to. I have felt relieved over the past year to see Domestic Violence finally getting the media coverage it deserves, because violence thrives in silence, but...

read more
I Wish I’d Known I Was Dealing With  A Narcissist

I Wish I’d Known I Was Dealing With A Narcissist

I wish I'd known my ex was a narcissist growing up - that is probably a bit kind - but let's go with narcissists for the sake of this blog. I thought he was supportive because I had no idea that he was purposely undermining me. I felt it was me that was out of sync....

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An Open Letter From My Burn Out

An Open Letter From My Burn Out

Dear World, I make my living from telling my story to enable businesses to understand the Domestic Family Abuse (DFA) and its impact. It is exhausting and draining work. But, I don't share that for fear of seeming weak or incapable of running my business and worry...

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Patterns of Abusive Behaviour

Patterns of Abusive Behaviour

Perspectives are changing around what has been known as the ‘cycle of violence’, some professionals say they will not use it as it is incorrect and unhelpful while others still use it. My professional and personal opinion is it is patterns of abusive behaviour rather...

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Perpetrators – they are in your workplace too!

Perpetrators – they are in your workplace too!

When we talk about domestic violence as a workplace issue, usually we are thinking about the victims of abuse. But in reality, companies will have perpetrators amongst their employees. As most workplaces still have a higher percentage of men working in them than...

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Resilience – one of the tools I used to rebuild my life.

Resilience – one of the tools I used to rebuild my life.

When I left my relationship due to domestic violence, I went straight to a shelter I had two bags of clothes, one bags of toys, $33 and more debt than I care to mention. It was daunting, scary and I truly believed I did not have what it takes to rebuild my life. I...

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Domestic Violence – Changing Culture Saving Lives book will help workplaces to better understand the complexities of domestic violence and the impact on their business and the role the workplace plays, so employees no longer feel out of their depth.

It will help employees better understand the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, to gain empathy and understanding, and to develop the confidence to communicate effectively.

Lisa shares her knowledge, strategies, and advice intertwined with her personal story to deepen the understanding of this complex issue. This book will give you the confidence to discuss and deal with domestic violence in the workplace in a knowledgeable way.

 

The book includes:

  • Practical steps that businesses can take to raise awareness of domestic violence
  • Guidance on how to support those impacted by domestic violence
  • Examples from Lisa’s own lived experience to aid understanding
  • Gender-neutral language to encourage everyone to be engaged and supported
  • A list of domestic violence support resources recommended by Lisa

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