Ashlee Donohue is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Dunghutti nation, born and raised in Kempsey, New South Wales.
Ashlee is a powerful advocate and educator around the anti-violence message. Ashlee was the lead writer for the National Rugby League (NRL) ‘Voice against Violence’ Domestic Violence Education resource kit, as well as a curriculum writer, facilitator and trainer on the award winning ‘Tackling Violence’ Program, she 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 and Domestic Violence services Australia.
As well as her extensive advocacy work, Ashlee completed her Masters 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.
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 sits on the ‘Our Watch’ Aboriginal women’s advisory board of which she is an endorsed trainer and is Chairperson of Warringa Baiya Aboriginal women’s legal service. She is also a published author with her memoir titled ‘Because I love him’ a personal account of love, motherhood, domestic violence and survival. She has two children and three grandchildren.