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The Give a Book program enables people and philanthropic groups to help victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives, by purchasing the book Broken to Brilliant, which is then given to women housed in domestic violence refuges as a message of hope. The Charity’s aim is to provide a book for every refuge bed in Australia. 

Through the Give a Book Campaign, the Charity Broken to Brilliant donates copies of their four books to Domestic Violence Refuges and Transition Services to give hope, courage, inspiration and direction to help domestic violence survivors on their journey that lies ahead.

You can join the Give a Book program by giving a book and supporting domestic violence survivors to rebuild their lives. You will be 'Giving' a copy of your choice of book or all three in the series to services that support domestic violence survivors, each book costs $29.95 buy here or purchase the set of four books for $100 


Domestic Violence crisis and transition services can request to receive books from the Give a Book Program by completing this Give a Book Request form, all that we ask in return is for your service to complete the feedback form and provide a short testimonial about the books.

The series of books are 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 the 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[i].

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In Broken to Brilliant, 10 women share their unique story to help readers understand the many different shapes domestic violence can take. And yet the focus of this book is not on the horror, but the healing. Each woman shares the skills, techniques and attitudes that helped her to shine once again.

This book is inspiring and helpful – clients Chisholm Refuge.

Madonna King has described Broken to Brilliant 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’.

In Terror to Triumph, 11 women and 1 man have penned powerful stories of the terror they experienced and the additional challenges they encountered from a system that was supposed to help them.

Most importantly, they tell of the practical steps they have taken – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – to journey from darkness to light and build new lives.


In Shattered to Shining, nine women and one male domestic violence survivor describe how they were shattered as their home was the place where physical and sexual violence, emotional and psychological control dominated their lives.

Through their persistence and courage, they have journeyed away from being shattered by the abuse. Each chapter is filled with the shortcuts and tools needed to travel this road of recovery to stand in their new life, with their future brightly shining.

In Coerced to Courageous, ten courageous female survivors describe the insidious fog of coercive control. How the first ‘Red Flags’ are so small you don’t even notice them: a simple remark about how to do something, ‘the right way’ or a suggestion about how you should dress. Eventually, he is making all the decisions.

These brave, resilient and brilliant women have penned their fight to bring themselves and their children happiness, freedom and peace. They want to encourage you to break the chains of coercive control and create a life you deserve.

Give one, two or the three books in the series

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