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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...

Why does it take seven times to leave an abusive relationship?

One of the things I am passionate about is reducing the numbers of times it takes someone to leave an abusive relationship. Every time someone returns the negative impact grows. Understanding the complexities of domestic violence is difficult but when you are inside...

Seeking help this Christmas

Christmas holidays are a time most people associate with happiness, gift giving and family. For many the thought of the holidays brings up happy memories and feelings of joy. December is filled with shopping and Christmas celebrations. This is the time of year...

Episode 6 Kherista’s Smile: love shouldn’t hurt

In episode 6 of Hope beyond abuse, Lisa interviews Kellie, founder of Kherista’s Smile – an organisation working with schools to teach kids about what makes a healthy relationship.

The Pain of Positivity

Are you tired of being told you need to be positive all the time, no matter what is going on in your life? I even have a word for people who are positive all the time and simply refuse to feel a negative feeling – those of you who follow my writing will have heard it...

Technological Abuse is Your Business Protected?

Confidential information is no longer under lock and key We live in a technological world and the paperless office that not so long ago seemed like a story out of science fiction is now virtually (excuse the pun) here. In this modern digital world where we no longer...

Sharing my story and my knowledge helps others

I am surprised how many people don’t really live; they are merely going through the motions. When I was alone and abused, I always imagined that the people on the other side (the ones with the “nice lives”) were aware of how fortunate they were and were making the...

Episode 11 Mental resilience and movement

Movement can improve your mental resilience and emotional strength. Finding a movement activity that you enjoy can be a small act of investment in yourself. A beautiful thing to do, especially if you're struggling in or recently out of an abusive relationship. In this...

Introduction to Hope Beyond Abuse

Welcome to Hope beyond abuse, a podcast hosted by Lisa McAdams. This podcast is gives people trapped in domestic violence or those wanting to help others an insight to what to expect by interviewing experts from various fields involved in assisting these brave and...

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...

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...
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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