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Yawayi (Hello)  

I am Ashlee Donohue.

A proud Dunghutti woman.

An Author, Educator, Speaker and powerful Advocate for the anti-violence and anti-racism message.

Ultimately my work is about helping and encouraging people to take action towards changing the narrative and impact of violence and racism in all its forms through education and positive action.

Each and every one of us have the capacity to make our homes, towns, cities, and countries as safe as we want them to be.

Free from violence and racism.

essentially it is up to us!

 

One woman's journey from wounds to wisdom; In all of the madness stood two addicts: one severely addicted to alcohol and drugs, and the other just as addicted to the addict…In my sickness—the sickness of this toxic love addiction—his threats were the only words I wanted and needed to hear. In my world, Ronny’s words meant that he still LOVED me.

Ashlee Donohue’s first home was a tin shack on the banks of the Hat Head creek. A proud Aboriginal woman from the Dunghutti nation, born and raised in Kempsey NSW, Ashlee was determined to keep her family together, despite the unforgivable acts and consequences, to ultimately give them what she never had—the presence of their father.

Because I Love Him is a privileged insight into strong and sacred family ties, and the intricacies of relationships and expectations within urban Aboriginal communities. It is a personal account of love, addiction, motherhood, domestic violence, and the impact on women, children and families.

I acknowledge the traditional owners on who’s land we stand, pay my respect to Elders past and present, our ongoing connection between land, sky, water and community and the beauty, strength and resilience of that connect.

And remind us all that sovereignty was never ceded and this is and always will be Aboriginal land.