Break The Cycle

This week has left me with a sense of bewilderment. On the one hand I feel an enormous sense of love. I see so many talented minds increasingly sharing the truth for justice. This includes former Prime Ministers, #HealingTrauma

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: #MurdochRoyalCommission

“Politics is about power. It is about the power of the state. It is about the power of the state as applied to individuals, the society in which they live and the economy in which they work. Most critically, our responsibility in this parliament is how that power is used: whether it is used for the benefit of the few or the many.”

current politicians, journalists, teachers, medical experts, lawyers, professors, scientists, healers, poets, artists, adventurists, observers and many more loving and passionate Australians.

Four Corners Reporter Louise Milligan:

“If victims don’t come forward, what then?”

On the other hand, the Morrison Government makes no sense to me in the 21 Century. Are they trying to gain or lose voters? It seems they will lose Australian women who still feel unsafe and unheard. Older Australians in an increasing Aged Care crisis.

Brittany Higgins sharing her truth for justice: #NotJustADaughter

“The continued victim blaming rhetoric by the Prime Minister is personally very distressing to me and countless other survivors.”

First Nation Australians who still experience pages of ongoing human rights abuse. Australians living below the poverty line in a housing crisis and welfare not enough to survive. Australians with a disability and unclear future of NDIS.

Dr Tracy Westerman AM. Nyamal woman MPsych/PhD Clinical Psychology:

“The chances an Indigenous child will die by suicide is SIX times more than a non-Indigenous child. Four Govt Inquiries concluded these deaths were due to “system failure”. We decided to fix that. Please help #BuildAnArmy of Indigenous psychs.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

Australians who value Medicare. Australians who asked for an effective Covid-19 strategy, including appropriate quarantine facilities, to carry on with life. Stranded Australians who were abandoned abroad. Indian Australians who were left for dead in their darkest hour.

Australian-Indian Sikh community always the first to volunteer for vulnerable Australians:

“A volunteer group famous for helping bushfire survivors and residents under lockdown in public housing towers is trying to raise $600,000 to build a new kitchen, and has been blown away by the response. In 24 hours since its appeal was launched on crowdfunding site GiveEasy, Sikh Volunteers Australia has raised more than $160,000.”

Australians who want Tharnicaa, Kopika, Priya and Nades sent home to Biloela. Australians who want to reform broken systems, like our Refugee System or Criminal Justice System, that perpetuate racism, prejudice, division, trauma, addiction, poverty, homelessness, violence, crime and suicide.

Angela Fredericks fighting for Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharnicaa: #HomeToBilo.

“Friends, your phone calls, letters and e-mails got Priya, Nades, Kopi and Tharni off Christmas Island by persuading six government MPs to publicly speak up for this beautiful family”

Sensible and compassionate Australians, who want humane, lawful, trauma informed, evidence based systems, for increasingly unpredictable times. Australians who genuinely want to tackle climate change, the greatest existential crisis.

Senator Penny Wong Labor spokes person on Foreign Affairs:

“The situation faced by Afghans who helped Australia – and faced by their families – represents an ethical failure but also a national security failure. We must make clear to the world if you help Australia, we will help you.”

Australians who have shifted from self-esteem (i.e. the obsession with being special and above average; more/less, never enough; competition via “Survival of the Fittest” leaving others behind to die) to self-compassion (i.e. collaboration via kindness, common humanity and mindfulness; “Enlightenment”; you are enough, #YouBelong).

Former Socceroo Star, Adjunct Professor and Human Rights Activist Craig Foster AM: #GameOver #PlayForLives #RacismNotWelcome

“Much good can be done through sport, and athletes, standing up for human rights, social justice and against all manifestations of racism.
And against division and hate.
As well as the hateful.”

Australia and the World
Courage, Solidarity, Humanity and Leadership.
Or Refugee Torture, Human Rights Abuse, Xenophobia and Climate Inaction.
From Local to Global.
Annual Australian National University Address
National Press Club, Canberra.

Whether we are actively involved or have absolutely no idea, this is the majority. A majority that consists of some extraordinarily talented minds. How many Australians have no idea that right now you are fighting for their lives? How many refugees are thankful you exist?

Kon Karapanagiotidis AM. Lawyer, Founder and CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:

“The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is providing $1,000 of financial aid to the six refugees released yesterday and will also provide if needed through our $500,000 National Homelessness Fund that we created for refugees being released from detention, access to bond $ & rent help.”

Advocating for asylum-seekers: lessons from the pandemic:

How many Indian Australians know you consider them as family? How many children, like Tharnicaa and Kopika, will learn one day, you only wanted what’s best for them? How many elders know you want them to feel valued, respected and dignified, before they die?

Father Bob. The Larrikin Priest.., patron of the unloved and unlovely

“This is only the beginning. Calling out a Cold hearted Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP at Cold Parliament house! Sadly taken me to our 2nd Phase of #Bobkeeper supporting up to 50 families a day from this snap lockdown! Support Disadvantaged families Donate @”

Even if millions of Australians are unaware of increasingly traumatic and divided times this does not take away the level of regard, from so many walks of life, fighting for their lives. It genuinely blows my mind. So I just wanted to say thank you for being you. Thank you for sharing what you have learnt with me.

Jane Cairo AM. Walkley Award Winner and novelist:

“Feminism – the centuries old fight by half the human race to be taken seriously by the other half.”

Thank you for letting me be me and for letting me share what I have learnt with you. I do hope we end unnecessary injustice to prevent ill health, trauma, addiction, violence and suicide. I do hope one day Australians, and friends from lands across the seas, feel without question, safe, accepted and connected here.

Aboriginal Australian Ash Barty:

“It’s more important to be a good person than it is a good tennis player. So I think that’s always my priority, is making sure that I’m a good human being.”

More than anything else, I hope that every life experiences a sense of love and belonging. This only requires insight and the choice to break the cycle: the negative operation of power. I hope Australia can be the change that is required so that all life can thrive.

Now you know the power of Trauma Informed Care. Let’s turn this framework into a mindset for personal, social and political change. If you are unable to, you might need help first, to get safe or become ‘unstuck’ from trauma. Reach out for trauma informed care. #YouBelong

With love,

Dr Louise Hansen
PhD in Psychology
Human Rights Activist

#HealingTrauma #Justice4Australia #YouBelong

U2 and Mary J Blige – One (2005):

“Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame
You say, one love, one life
When it’s one need in the night
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you baby if you don’t care for it
Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it’s too late tonight
To drag the past out into the light
We’re one but we’re not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other
Have you come here for forgiveness?
Have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus?
To the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much? More than a lot
You gave me nothin’ now it’s all I got
We’re one but we’re not the same
Well we hurt each other then we do it again
You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl
And I can’t be holdin’ on to what you got
When all you got is hurt
One love, one blood
One life, you got to do what you should
One life, with each other
Sisters, brothers
One life but we’re not the same
We get to carry each other, carry each other

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee
“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations to all Australians to realise a better future. Learn more and help us educate other Australians.”

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
“Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of support we received overnight! We’re able to fund one more Indigenous Psychology student for a full three year Psychology degree from just a 10 minute appearance on ABC #TheDrum.” – Dr Tracy Westerman AM

If you would like to donate, please visit:
Energy Transition Expert Simon Holmes à court:

“Australia’s political system is too broken to tackle climate change, and big polluters are determined to keep it that way. But we have a plan:”
My partner Marcelo Alegre Rubic who taught me do not let anyone control your life. #YouBelong

Trauma Informed World was inspired by Kopika and Tharnicaa; two faces that remind us everyday of Australia’s cruel refugee system. One of many systems in Australia that remind us of the negative operation of power. #HomeToBilo

Kopika (left) and Tharnicaa (right) were kept at Christmas Island Detention Centre for nearly two years despite trauma informed calls to return them to Biloela, Queensland. Tharnicaa has spent most of her life detained by the Australian Government and is still in community detention to this day. #YouBelong

***Since the creation of this website the Biloela family were released from detention, returned to Biloela and granted permanent protection in Australia. However, hundreds more people still remain stuck in a system that requires urgent reform.***

Welcome to the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Join us to make positive changes for refugees around the world.

New Kaldor Centre policy brief proposes reforms to Australia’s temporary protection system | Kaldor Centre:

You can listen my talk with Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, President of Blue Knot Foundation on my own healing journey, training and study and how it has informed my work and advocacy for a trauma informed world here:

Trauma Informed World acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which this educational resource was inspired. I acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. I honour the continuation of educational, cultural and spiritual practices and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people and relationships worldwide. This website contains images of deceased persons. There are also swear words in some of the songs presented that portray intense emotions. This website is not intended to trigger people who have experienced trauma. However, if you do find any of the content triggering, each page has a link to Australia’s National Helplines and Websites for immediate mental health support. These are my own personal views and comments and may not reflect the views of my employer.

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Published by Dr Louise Hansen

This is a free educational website on Trauma Informed Care for survival and wellbeing. While each injustice differs, all stories share the same trauma: the negative operation of power. Let’s break the cycle of injustice and trauma together one day at a time. The byproduct of clarity is peace. Joy is peace dancing. Trauma is disconnection. Empathy fuels connection. Knowledge is power: “Love is the absence of judgment.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. #YouBelong

2 thoughts on “Break The Cycle

  1. Dr Louise 🙏 I believe people like yourself are supposed to be here right now in this tumultuous moment in Time Your words always resonate and inspire. Thank you 🙏. We must collectively BE THE HUMANITARIAN CHANGE our world is crying out for 🙏

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