Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Today is White Ribbon Day

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support services below. There are national and state-based agencies that can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Hotlines

  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
     
  • Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State (24 hours)
    131 114
     
  • Police or Ambulance
    000 in an emergency for police or ambulance.
     
  • Translating and Interpreting Service
    Phone to gain access to an interpreter in your own language (free)
    131 450
     
  • Mensline Australia
    Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties
    1300 78 99 78
     
  • Kids Help Line
    Telephone counselling for children and young people
    Freecall: 1800 551 800.
    E-mail and web counselling www.kidshelp.com.au
     
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
    Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse
    1800-176-453 or 9874 -3922
    www.childhood.org.au or www.stopchildabuse.com.au
     
  • Relationships Australia
    Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners.
    1300-364-277 or Vic (03) 9261-8700. Website: www.relationships.com.au
     
  • ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) A service to adult survivors, their friends and family and the health care professionals who support them.
    Support line: 1300 657 380
    www.asca.org.au
     
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
    An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
    Ph. 1800 880 052
    www.disabilityhotline.org

State and Territory Helplines

If you want help or information for yourself or someone else, here are the contact details for the domestic violence help lines for each State and Territory. You can contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia


 

Legal Advice

The following Law Societies will be able to advise you on how to obtain legal advice:


Additional Services

To find contact details and links to more organisations refer to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre www.dvrcv.org.au

NSW Victims Serices Mobile app, The Justice Journey, as been designed to reduce the stress often experienced by victims involved in the criminal justice system, and provides information and guidance for victims from the time they become a victim until after the court process has finished. Click here for more information. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Nappy bags and Handbags

Several months ago I scored free tickets to see Eminem. It was really fun, even though I don't like his music. Something though made me realise just how much motherhood has changed the daily fabric of my life. 
My friend Reb had given me the ticket. I was at her house watching her get ready because I was so excited to go out. I go out a fair bit considering how far away we live from our friends and family and that I have a toddler at home, and yet I still get really excited to break the daily routine and inject some socializing into the mix. It's always been the case that for me, the 9-5 becomes a blur after a while. So that's no different from before. 
The thing that made me realise how much motherhood had changed the fabric of my life is a functional item: the humble handbag. 
Reb opened a beautifully organized drawer filled with many gorgeous handbags. Big handbags, clutches, satchels- so many gorgeous bags. Together we chose the perfect bag to offset her ensemble and off she went to chuck in a few important things (lipstick and lollies!!).
I have a drawer like that too. It's the very raw bones of a collection of bags that has been fiercely pruned back to the bare essentials. The survivors huddle together for safety in a drawer tucked away out of sight, for one bag rules in this girls life. The nappy bag. 
I chose well. My nappy bag is really great for both Lee and I. It has done it's job fabulously. But fuck taking that to the concert. So I had to unpack it. I still somehow ended up with baby wipes and  two baby pins. 
And thank the gods too, because those pins came in handy. I overheard a young lady in the bathroom on the phone to her friend, really upset because the backseam zipper on her leather mini skirt had come undone. She was dressed to kill, and this had undone her. I told her I had pins, and then worked to "stitch" her split zip back up. It was not easy getting the pins to avoid the leather and grab just the scantest edge of hidden zipper allowance, and have them inside the skirt, as obviously they couldn't be seen from the outside- the goal was discretion. She was able to return to the concert and then rush home to change before rejoining her party people. 
So yeah. Handbags. And their contents. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Mums and Facebook

If you are a mum and on Facebook and want to contribute to research into the role Facebook plays in motherhood, please contribute to the following survey:
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