Broken to Brilliant – what is it? It’s a charity founded by Kate Crowley-Smith, about domestic violence survivors mentoring other survivors to help rebuild their lives after adversity. A cause that resonates on some level with every woman, either because you’ve experienced it in some way in your own life or because you know someone who has or you can just empathise with these women because it just should never happen, but… it does.
The book, Broken to Brilliant, recounts the stories of ten women’s darkest years of fear and abuse. Their stories cover all types of domestic violence situations, how they managed to survive, to eventually successfully escape and rebuild their lives and heal emotionally. They are truly courageous and inspirational. These women share their real life experiences, providing guidance and assistance for other women experiencing domestic violence and how to re-build their lives.
They are the stories of women who have had experienced various forms of physical, emotional, mental, sexual, psychological and/or financial abuse.
Escaping the abuse, staying safe and rebuilding their lives took courage and strength and through this struggle, they had to endure further battles of disbelief, frustration and the bull-shit of bureaucratic red-tape.
These women are extremely brave, they are mothers, accountants, nurses, managers, models, executive managers, sales trainers and account executives. Each at a different stage in re-establishing and recovery, they have banded together to share how they have rebuilt their lives.
You will enjoy stories of strength and success as they share how to rebuild life after adversity. At the end of each story they provide practical steps to pick up the pieces financially, emotionally and/or spiritually to motivate and inspire you.
These women have joined together to inspire and deliver a message, which includes practical ways for women who have escaped from abuse to rebuild successful lives and let their inner brilliance shine.
The reality is, once you have escaped domestic violence, the next stage is the healing process. The great thing is, there is help available, which is what Broken to Brilliant survivors assist with. Through the help of survivors mentoring others, you know you are in the best hands and will get the right help, guidance and direction, which is so comforting to know.
Women who are struggling with abuse will find these stories gripping, providing inspiration, love, laughter and a light at the end of a dark tunnel, by providing advice and help financially, spiritually and emotionally to guide the way.
You can support this cause by becoming a member or joining the Give a Book campaign by giving a book – 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. Your donation or purchase is also tax deductable.
You can get your copy through amazon or directly through the “Broken to Brilliant” website.
I have personally read the book and highly recommend it. It is compelling, confronting, amazing and uplifting. These are courageous, strong and truly inspirational women who have managed to survive degrees of horror that will make you feel blessed and grateful in comparison. It really puts life into perspective when your feeling down or low, you realise that we really shouldn’t be sweating the small stuff. Life is too short to be feeling sorry for yourself when you look at these women and what they’ve had to endure.
Broken to Brilliant works with women, children and men who have safely left an abusive relationship, helping with advice on financial independence, minimising stress, education to increase opportunities, life skills and support networks.
Broken to Brilliant aims to establish a Success Centre that will provide support and relief services, life skills, education, training and career guidance, collaborating with other welfare services, organisations, government bodies and research institutions to best meet the needs of domestic violence survivors.
Queensland had more than 175 reported incidents of domestic violence every day in 2013, equating to 63,873 people that need help rebuilding their lives each year.