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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...

Domestic violence – how far have we really come?

Today I was asked if I thought things had really improved for those living with domestic violence. Are people reaching out to them or are we still turning our heads and pretending we don't see it? I would have loved to say an unequivocally that things had improved,...

Episode 2 Living a successful life after domestic violence with Tessa Jetson

In episode 2 of Hope beyond abuse, Lisa interviews successful business woman, Tessa Jetson, on her experience with domestic violence, becoming a successful business woman, and how she continues to help other women get out of domestic violence and become their best...

Hope beyond abuse

I am starting a podcast and blog called Hope Beyond Abuse. I want to share with you why I have started this project and why I am so passionate about it. Having endured a domestic violence relationship for more than a decade, I know first-hand the helplessness a person...

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...

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,...

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...

It is time for more than awareness when it come to domestic violence.

When it comes to the issue of domestic violence I think we have reached a point where we need to go beyond talking about awareness. We have created a conversation and evoked genuine emotion around this issue. Now is the time to take the emotion out of the what we do...

No group is immune to domestic violence

I was honoured to be part of the panel for a special on domestic violence on The Drum on ABC it was good to discuss this issue from different perspectives. It reinforced although domestic violence does not discriminate. Although the impact can be different depending...

Abuse is confusing and isolating

I am writing a book to explain what domestic violence is for those who want to understand abuse. As I started writing, I had to stop to write this blog because I was reminded of just how isolating and confusing abuse is. I remembered a time when I didn’t understand...

Domestic abuse is a corporate issue

In the 2008/09 financial year, the cost of intimate partner violence to the Australian economy overall was estimated to be $13.6 billion. If no preventative action is taken, this cost is projected to rise to $15.6 billion annually by 2021/22. $456 million of this...
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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