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V-log What 2021 Taught Me

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...

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...

Technically Facilitated Abuse

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to an e-safety course for women on technically facilitated abuse run by the Australian Government. This course is designed to educate women in and leaving abusive relationship how to be safe on line. We talked...

Episode 4 Understanding financial abuse

In episode 4 of Hope beyond abuse, Lisa interviews Julie from WIRE. Julie explains what financial abuse is and when to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing any kind of abuse. If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call 1800...

Being hit can be a relief in an abusive relationship

In my role as a Domestic Violence Strategist and Solutions Consultant; I spend a great deal of time speaking about domestic violence I have heard many stories, a great deal of them hard to hear. A common theme I hear is 'I was never hit or physically abused, so does...

A thank you on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women's Day! It is a day where I stop to think are things getting better in the area of domestic violence? You know I would love to say yes, but if I am honest I would say the answer is a resounding no! We need to keep the conversation going...

Domestic violence – 3 things to do when someone discloses in the workplace

Domestic violence is becoming a mainstream conversation and with that the veil of secrecy is dropping. An environment is being created where more people will reach out for help. Which I know from experience is as difficult as it is important. Disclosure in the...

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...

Domestic Violence – What can Workplaces do?

A question I get asked often is 'Corporate's know they have to do something about domestic violence, but what? The answer is education because the more of the population that understand domestic violence beyond the one sided story  the media tell, the greater the...

So, what does constitute physical abuse?

In my line of work, I hear many stories of abuse every week. Over the years, I have noticed a pattern. Women will say to me, it was never physically abusive, but it was mental and emotional abuse. Then they will go on to tell me things that happened to them while in...

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...
I didn’t realise I had been homeless

I didn’t realise I had been homeless

When completing the census in 2011 the following question about being homeless threw me completely. Have you been homeless in the past five years? - including time spent in refuges, shelters and other crisis accommodation - I am paraphrasing a bit here, but that it...

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Why I love International Women’s Day

Why I love International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and for me, it is a day to look at my life and celebrate how far I have come. Healing and rebuilding my life after a lifetime of abuse has been a difficult and at times lonely road. We have come so far! As a businesswoman, I am...

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I am excited to share an extract of my upcoming book.

I am excited to share an extract of my upcoming book.

My book is due for release this year, it has been a work of passion and I am proud of the work I have done because I know the difference it will make. This extract is the end of the chapter where I explain the Cycle of Violence including its impact on businesses...

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Victim Blaming

Victim Blaming

One of the ways abusers exert power over those they abuse is by twisting the truth and blaming their victim for the abuse. From the outside, victim blaming it is hard to understand why anyone would possibly believe they were responsible for somebody else abusing them....

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Financial Abuse, sometimes I still feel ashamed!

Financial Abuse, sometimes I still feel ashamed!

I am in the process of completing my book 'Domestic Violence, Changing Culture, Saving Lives' and I need to add content about financial abuse. When I am adding content to my book, before writing first I look back on other articles to see if I have covered this...

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Workplace Domestic Violence Training, is it safe?

Workplace Domestic Violence Training, is it safe?

When my children were young I was a Personal Trainer and Health Coach. It enabled me to work around my responsibilities as a mother and combine my love of training and Marathon running. I first started running as a way to help deal with the with the depression and...

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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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