Because I Love Him

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Magabala Books
Ashlee Donohue
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‘In all of the madness stood two addicts: one severely addicted to alcohol and drugs, and the other just as addicted to the addict…

In my sickness — the sickness of this toxic love addiction — his threats were the only words I wanted and needed to hear.’

Because I Love Him by Ashlee Donohue is a memoir of privileged insight into strong family ties, the intricacies of relationships and the unspoken expectations within urban Aboriginal communities. This is a very personal account of love, loss, addiction, motherhood and domestic violence. Ashlee chronicles the profound impact of life on the margins on herself, her family and her community.

A proud Dunghutti woman, born and raised in Kempsey NSW, Ashlee was determined to keep her family together, despite the unforgivable acts and inevitable fallout, to gift her children what she never had — the presence of their father.

This deeply engaging and inspiring memoir gives the reader a privileged look into a life unravelling and the journey from addict to empowerment. A riveting story told with compassion and sensitivity.

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Contributor Bio

Ashlee Donohue is an educator, speaker and advocate around the anti-violence message and has been actively working for the Aboriginal community for over 17 years, notably for Gadigal Information Service — Koori Radio 93.7FM and Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation. She has attended and presented around the anti-violence message at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women forums in New York City. Ashlee completed a Master of Education (UTS, Sydney), was the recipient of the UTS Human Rights Reconciliation Award and served as a Director of Community Education for the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management.

Ashlee is the Chairperson of Warringa Baiya Aboriginal women’s legal service, and a member of the ‘Our Watch’ Aboriginal women’s advisory group. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

Because I Love Him _ Cover HR
Because I Love Him _ Cover HR