Ms Kate Smith: Broken to Brilliant – Stories of Strength and Success

November 30, 2017

Stay tuned for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia, held next week at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December.

Kate Smith

Ms Kate Smith, Founding Director of Broken to Brilliant LTD will be joining us to discuss “Broken to brilliant – stories of strength and success”. 

Publishing the book and establishing a charity, Broken to Brilliant aimed to highlight how women and children successfully rebuilt their lives after domestic violence. A pay it forward model offering survivors a way to give back by mentoring survivors to create positive new pathways.

The book and charity was fueled by a personal drive to make a difference and share an easier way to rebuild life after domestic violence.
In 2014 author recruitment took 2-months and 16 survivors of abuse submitted their stories. Each author was personally supported in writing their story and recommended to seek professional counselling.  Writing, editing and layout took seven months, a legal review created a 12-month delay and a total rewrite of the book during 2015.

Authors reported that the legal review and their stories being anonymous felt like the perpetrators still controlled their lives. Though the writing process was beneficial, cathartic and allowed reflection on how far they had come.

The book and charity launched May 2016: 734 books have been sold at face-to-face events, online and through print of demand. The book was awarded the 2017 Bronze Medal for the self-help category in the international eLit Awards for digital publishing.

A reader’s feedback survey reported 100% found it inspiring and 95% said it was helpful and provided strategies and growth to rebuild life after domestic violence. Positive comments have also been received through social media and on book publishing websites

Featuring in newspapers, on the radio and Channel 9 news, selling over 734 books, with 140 books given to refuges, and receiving an international award, there has been overwhelmingly positive feedback for the Broken to Brilliant book. It has achieved its goal of helping survivors to rebuild life after domestic violence.

This year the STOP Domestic Violence Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  

Find out more here.


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