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​Gosford’s Luciane Sperling was living at a women’s refuge and hearing first-hand traumatic stories of domestic violence when she decided she would write a book.
 
Touched by Love is Luciane’s story of overcoming her own experiences of domestic violence.
 
“It’s not easy to share your story but I wanted to help other women who were facing domestic violence,” she said. “I wanted to give them the steps to recovery, to let them know where and how to get help.
 
“Many people say that they stay for the children. But I didn’t want my daughter living in an environment like that,” she said.
 
While living in the women’s refuge with her daughter she began studying Business Administration at Hunter TAFE, a decision that gave her both business skills and the confidence to share her story with others.
 
Luciane was awarded a Hunter TAFE Foundation Scholarship in 2015 and spoke at that year’s Hunter TAFE Foundation Awards presentation about how her scholarship supported and encouraged her. It was following this inspiring address the Hunter TAFE Foundation made the decision to provide a small financial grant to Luciane to assist her with the publication of her book.
 
Luciane is now studying Community Services at Hunter TAFE, with the goal of gaining employment in a role that allows her to work with women and children to support, re-educate and empower them.
 
"Sometimes I ask myself, am I really doing this? But I will not stop. I will use my experience to help others in the community.”
 
“My daughter and I are surrounded by lovely people and we have a backyard now. I want to show others that they too can find the light,” she said.
 
Hunter TAFE Institute Director Christine Warrington said Luciane was a fine alumni example. “As a survivor of domestic violence, Luciane is passionate about sharing her story of overcoming incredible challenges to not only survive, but to thrive,” she said.
 
“We are so proud of what Luciane has achieved and so pleased that Luciane has chosen to continue her studies at TAFE. We look forward to continuing to follow Luciane’s inspiring journey,” said Ms Warrington.
 
Touched by Love was officially launched at Hunter TAFE Ourimbah Campus on 8 September 2016. and is and is avaiable for puchase on the Co-op Bookstore wesbite.