Ultimately my work is about helping and encouraging people to take action towards reducing the statistics around domestic violence.
I believe if women aren't safe ... Nobody is SAFE!
Educator, Anti-violence Advocate and Speaker, Life Coach and Author
Advocacy, Arts, Music, Literature, Change Management, Cultural Diversity, Education, Feminist Policy and Politics, Women’s Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Leadership, M.C. and Facilitator, Mentoring, Motivational Speaking, Women’s Safety
‘’As an advocate, educator, and survivor of domestic violence, my drive and purpose lie in working towards changing the statistics around domestic violence through a preventative process in a holistic an inspiring way. By using my own experiences, I can help empower all people to work towards ending violence in all its forms. Everyone has the right to be and feel SAFE.’’
Ashlee Donohue is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Dunghutti Nation, born & raised in Kempsey NSW. Ashlee is a Life Coach, Educator, Speaker and powerful advocate around the anti-violence message.
Ashlee has lived and actively worked in Sydney for the Aboriginal community for over 17 years notably Gadigal Information Service – Koori Radio 93.7FM and Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation, where she developed programs for young people and women.
Most recently Ashlee supported the adaptation and contextualisation of an international Intimate Partner Violence curriculum for the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) education to optimize the understanding of Domestic and Family violence for ANFPP staff working in the Indigenous community/ primary health area.
Ashlee was the lead writer for the National Rugby League (NRL) ‘Voice against Violence’ Domestic Violence Education resource kit designed to create accessible information, conversation and education for men, players, families and supporters within the NRL family around domestic violence and the impacts on society, as well as a curriculum writer, facilitator and trainer on the award winning ‘Tackling Violence’ Program.
Ashlee is also the co-creator of the only Aboriginal women’s sexual assault network in Australia ‘Hey Sis’ we’ve got your back, in partnership with Rape & Domestic Violence services Australia.
As well as her extensive advocacy work, Ashlee completed her Master of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), won the UTS Human Rights Reconciliation Award, and served as a Director of Community Education for the undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management.
For the past six years, Ashlee has attended and made presentations around the anti-violence message at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
Ashlee was featured as one of one hundred people in the ‘Positively Remarkable People’ Ending Violence against women exhibition, a collection of photographic portraits and stories of individuals and groups based in Sydney. As well as being one of ten Indigenous women featured in Amnesty International Australia Day Blog – ‘Celebrating Indigenous Mums’
Ashlee sits on the ‘Our Watch’ Aboriginal women’s advisory committee and is Chairperson of Warringa Baiya Aboriginal women’s legal service.
Ashlee has two children and three grandchildren.