Give a Book – a book for a refuge bed Campaign
Broken to Brilliant LTD ™ is an Australian Not for Profit Charity where Domestic Violence Survivors Mentor other Survivors to create a new chapter in their lives.
The charity has worked with a group of courageous domestic violence survivors and during Domestic Violence Prevention month released their heartfelt stories on how to rebuild life after adversity in the book titled: ‘Broken to Brilliant, free to be you after domestic violence, stories of strength and success.
Madonna King has described the book as ‘a handbook to escape violence, but mostly, it’s an uplifting tale of how a group of women escaped their perpetrators, sometimes at the risk of death, to give themselves and their children a new start’. This book is for anyone who is leaving an abusive relationship, knows someone who is, or has emerged and is looking for a roadmap out of darkness into the light of new beginnings.
The book Broken to Brilliant is an example of how the charity has translated research recommendations into real life assistance for survivors. Research states that most survivors would benefit from negotiating the rebuilding experience in the company of other survivors and from having examples from more experienced survivors of what can be achieved over time. The rebuilding steps in each chapter of this book provide clear examples and actions to take to rebuild one’s life. The charity is using a ‘Pay it Forward’ model by providing survivors with the opportunity to use their experiences in a positive way that in turn goes some way towards validating their experiences and supports the healing (1) .
The Give a Book campaign enables people to help victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives, by purchasing the book Broken to Brilliant, which is then given to clients in domestic violence refuges as a message of hope. The Charity’s aim is to provide a book for every refuge bed in Australia – a book for a bed.
There has been an excellent start to the Give a Book campaign with a $500 donation from the Councilors’ at Moreton Bay Regional Council, a private donation of $2,000 and individual donations are rolling in.
You can join the Give a Book campaign by giving a book – go to the Broken to Brilliant website membership and shop page http://brokentobrilliant.org/
Domestic Violence crisis and transition services can contact Broken to Brilliant and request copies of the books for their services by emailing email@example.com.
“This isn’t just another book; it is from survivors dedicated to fellow domestic violence survivors, we hope that each page survivor’s turn will guide them to a new chapter in their life.”
Hashtags for the campaign – #GiveaBook #abookforabed
- Evans L 2007 Battle-scars: Long-term effects of prior domestic violence Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Monash University