Parenting With a Mental Illness

When you meet 34-year-old mother-of-two Narelle* for the first time, you’re not actually meeting her, but her ‘representative’ as she tells it. “She’s the one who laughs and smiles a lot and says all of the right things so that people walk away thinking what a capable and loving mother she is,” Narelle admits. “It’s not so bad when I only have to endure short interactions, but it makes things …

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The Efficacy of a Self-Help Program for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence

According to the Australian Personal Safety Survey (ABS, 2012), 16.9% of women (1,479,900) and 5% of men (448,000) have experienced violence from an intimate partner since the age of 15.  And 25% of women and 14% of men over the age of 18 have experienced emotional abuse from their intimate partner. Dr. Lenore Walker developed the Cycle of Violence diagram in 1979 to reflect the phases that consistently occur within …

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