Rachell Hansen

We're half way there!

Statistics show that many affected by, or living with Domestic and family violence (DFV) are employed in our workplaces. ACEOC's workplace DFV Prevention Program ensures employees are trained to recognise the signs. In addition to Bystander #training, they promote support services, including highly confidential refuges for women and children to flee to from DFV situations. Staff in the refuge will help their clients with support, validation and advocacy. They will provide risk assessment and safety planning, assistance with Centrelink, financial institutions, long term accommodation needs, and Court matters. For anyone wishing to access these services or to pass them on visit: https://australiasceochallenge.org/refuges-and-safe-houses  Thanks to you, we're helping continue the great work by ACEOC and we're more than half-way to achieving my $1000 fundraising target.

If you would like to continue to support this journey, feel free to: 

  1. Share my fundraising page with peers, friends or colleagues and encourage them to donate to end Domestic and Family violence. 
  2. Join me for a walk/run during the month of October
  3. Register for the event - if you are a DNRME employee, up to 100 individuals can join for free! If 100 employees register and reach their fundraising target, we could raise $100,000 to make a real impact in this space! 

We're a quarter of the way there! 25% target reached in less than 24rhs.

I'm absolutely amazed and humbled by the support that has been received in less than 24 hours. We're more than a quarter of the way there thanks to incredible people like you. 

While the target is to reach $1000, I hope to be able to raise more than this to support the incredible work of Australia's CEO Challenge (ACEOC). The more funds raised, the more impact we can make. 

Let's take a moment to learn more about ACEOC, who have been working towards a vision of a world without Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) for more than 20 years.  

ACEOC delivers workplace training programs to address DFV Australia wide and as of 2019—internationally.

Statistics show that many affected by, or living with DFV are employed in our workplaces. ACEOC workplace DFV Prevention Program ensures employees are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of DFV and how to respond and support those affected, and they also assist DFV refuges, outreach services and men’s behaviour change programs. Not only does this transforms lives, it saves lives.

How Can You Help Others?

Approaching friends and family who might be in an abusive relationship can be daunting. However, it is something that could help them change their lives. Knowing that they have the loving support of their friends and family outside of the relationship could make a world of difference.

The trouble that some friends or family of potential DFV victims have initially is a doubt on what is is DFV and what is not. After all, every couple has arguments and disagreements, that is a natural part of a healthy relationship. In any respectful relationship, both partners feel free to have their own opinions, make their own decisions, and are free to say no to sex.

On the other hand, in an abusive relationship, one partner controls the other through fear. This fear could be incited through physical harm, manipulation, criticisms, demands, threats or sexual pressure.

While it may seem like a "private matter", it is a good idea to let your friend or family member know that they have support outside of the relationship. This may be all they need to seek help.

Signs That They May Be Affected by Domestic and Family Violence

·         They may appear frightened or anxious

·         They seem to be frightened or anxious when their partner is around

·         They have begun to change their behaviour

·         Their children have changed their behaviour

·         They seem to need to constantly keep the peace when around their partner

·         Their partner is overly possessive or jealous

·         Their partner has control over all aspects of their life, e.g. finances, work, social life, friends.

·         They have injuries or bruises that do not match their reasoning

·         They are often "unwell" or having "silly accidents"

·         They miss work or cancel social arrangements at short notices or with vague reasons.

·         Their children seem to be fearful or on edge in the company of their abuser or whenever the abuser's name is mentioned.


Safe Houses, Shelters, and Refuges

There are DFV refuges (also called Safe Houses and Shelters) throughout Australia.  They provide a safe and secure place for women and children fleeing DFV to live. The length of time someone will stay in a refuge depends on their individual needs and their personal circumstances. The evidence shows separation is the most dangerous time for women experiencing domestic and family violence

No two stories of people coming into refuge are the same, however all people coming into refuge will have access to specialist, intensive support.  Staff in the refuge will help their clients with support, validation and advocacy. They will provide risk assessment and safety planning, assistance with Centrelink, financial institutions, long term accommodation needs, and Court matters.

The location and details of women’s refuges are highly confidential and not available to the public. This is to protect the safety and security of both the refuge and the clients who call the refuge their home.

Here's a link to some of these services: https://australiasceochallenge.org/refuges-and-safe-houses 

Thanks for visiting my fundraising page for the Darkness to Daylight Challenge!

I'd like to share something that is close to my heart. Something that many of us may have experienced at some point in our life, or know someone who has. 

Darkness to Daylight (D2D) 2020 celebrates 7 years coming together as a community to raise awareness and funds for Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) prevention.

The purpose of D2D is to run with a message that those affected are not alone, that our community cares, that we can all make a difference and that DFV has to end. D2D will take place as a virtual event from October 1-30, and I will complete 110km over this period. Every 1km in the 110km challenge is symbolic and represents on average a woman, child or man's life lost to DFV. With your support we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by DFV, and help end the cycle of violence.

Would you sponsor me with a kind donation to support this worthy cause? 

 Funds raised will go towards ACEOC, to continue their valuable work in supporting workplaces to ensure they can recognise, respond and refer those employees affected by DFV. It will ensure they continue to build the partnerships program which has positive impacts for frontline services including women’s refuges, men’s behavioural change programs and DFV frontline services.

With your support we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Domestic and Family Violence, and help end the cycle of violence.

My Achievements

You received a donation of $110!

You have reached 25% of your fundraising goal!

You're half way to your fundraising goal!

Wow - you're so close. 75% of your fundraising goal!

Congratulations! You have reached 100% of your fundraising goal!

You received $110 in a single donation!

You have reached 25% of 110km

You're half way there!

You have completed 75% of the distance!

Congratulations! You have completed 110km!

110 000 steps completed

Love your profile Pic!

Well done on adding a blog!

Thanks for sharing your page!

Great work on increasing your fundraising goal!

Gratitude Champion - donor thanked

Thank you to my Sponsors


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Emma Challands


Heather James

You are absolutely fantastic in everything you do!



So proud of you!


Lily B

Love your work Rachell!


Gary Howarth

So proud of you for doing this Rach, I know this means alot to you. Happy to help with getting your kms if you want a walking buddy 🙂


Rachell Hansen


Jen Cheung

You go girl!


Darryl Sehl

Awesome work Rach, great cause, you'll smash it 🙌🙌


Renata S.

You go girl!!!


Mark Wiltshire


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Michelle Howie

Go get em girl!


Martin Glastonbury

Go Rachell Hanson!! You LEGEND! WooWoo!! Changing the world one day at a time... 🙌🏼


Jessica Gilbert


Winnie Nguyen

Go Tiger! Love everything that you do!


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Robin Bent

Good luck Rachell! Great cause :-)


Hayley P

Amazing work Rach, such an important cause.


Nicole Booth

Great work Rachell, positive impacts much needed


Samara Jennings


Candice A

Go Rachell!


Ben B

Good luck!

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