Hello, I'm Rebecca. I'm an Author, Speaker and Family Violence survivor advocate who loves
to inspire change in people, workplaces and systems. Sometimes I speak and sometimes I write Books and Blogs. Sometimes I win prizes too! Yay.

Rebecca's story was one of the worst Domestic Violence tragedies Australia has experienced - a powerful, unforgettable story about tragedy, grief – and hope. On the day of Rebecca Poulson’s 33rd birthday, her father, niece and nephew were murdered. The murderer had been part of her family – her brother-in-law, Neung, the father of the children. No stranger to shocking grief, Rebecca had already suffered the suicide of her beloved brother, Adrian and her own violent relationship resulting in an attempt on her life. But nothing could prepare her for the events that would unfold at the hands of Neung. 

Rebecca has met with the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the premier of New South Wales and many other minsters and Police to advocate for changes in domestic violence systems. Changes in domestic violence laws have been directly attributed to Rebecca’s efforts, and she has been interviewed by a wide range of Australian media in hundreds of  appearances on television, majors newspapers and magazines  in her pursuits.

Rebecca is Ambassador of  Our Watch alongside Lucy Turnbull, Tara Moss, Charlie Pickering and Rosie Batty. Our Watch is dedicated to the Prevention of violence against Women and Their Children. 

Rebecca is a published author of Killing Love which talks of her journey through homicide – the deep grief, the police investigation, the intense media scrutiny, the court case, the moments of great despair – and of her healing. It is a story of individual heartbreak and a family’s strength, and a startling portrait of family violence. 

Killing Love  is the winner of the Australian Society of Authors 2014 Emerging Writers’ Award, the 2015 Varuna House Fellowship Prize and the 2015 Barnardos Book Prize.

Rebecca is the CEO of the Poulson Family Foundation dedicated to the prevention of Child Homicide.

 

 

She speaks of her experiences and hopes to positively inspire people to turn their lives around. She is a passionate believer in moulding and creating the very life you want to live, whatever your circumstances.

Rebecca is also the CEO of The Poulson Family Foundation dedicated to the Prevention of Child Homicide. Donations can be made via the Donations page.

Please contact me to speak at your next event, make a media appearance or to buy my book. I hope to put a little (or a lot) of inspiration your way soon.

 

 

SEE ME SPEAKING


  • ‘It has gone on too long’: Rebecca Poulson on family violence that destroyed... 19 Feb 16. ‘It has gone on too long’: Rebecca Poulson on family violence that destroyed her family JANUARY 16, 20163:14PM News.com Rebecca Poulson’s family was torn apart by family violence. Child murders by family members in recent weeks have been a painful reminder. Rebecca Poulson news.com.au THE day before my one-year-old nephew Bas was stabbed to death I had gone with him, my sister and my niece Malee to the teddy bears’ picnic. I smiled at Bas who was at my feet wobbling around on his little legs. His nappy-padded bottom jiggled in rhythm with Bob the Builder. I had breathed a sigh of relief that he was staying in one spot for more than 60 seconds. Suddenly, he had caught sight of his hero as the sea of children parted and his shoeless feet took off. By the time I had arrived at the six foot high security fence built to keep all those overexcited children away from their favourite characters, Bas was on the other side. Somehow, Bas was always on the other side of...
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  • My QANDA or Q&A guest appearance on ABC TV 27 Nov 15. My brief appearance on Q&A on ABC TV is below- I am hoping for a seat on the panel next time lol!- Documentary on Domestic Violence in Australia. Thanks to Q & A and journalist Sarah Ferguson for doing such an in depth piece and for giving the victims of this often unseen crime a voice. The panel seemed genuinely committed and passionate to change Domestic Violence in Australia. My hat is off to Senator Nova Peris who is the most real politician I have ever met- we talked afterwards for a long time!- and who is giving a voice to so many who don't have one. NSW Police Force Although I still think some big changes need to be made I can see how hard and committed many Police are to this cause and I commend Mick Fuller Assistant Police Commissioner last night who didn't act defensive but answered my question and admitted the Police has let down victims of DV. I could see he genuinely was committed to changing things and that gives me great hope. Domestic Violence NSW Moo Baulch...
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  • My article in The Weekend Australian Magazine... 20 Oct 15. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/killing-love-how-rebecca-poulson-endured-a-shocking-family-tragedy/story-e6frg8h6-1227563450491 “Happy Birthday, Becky,” Dad exclaimed. I could feel the warmth in his voice over the phone. It was Monday morning, September 15, 2003, my 33rd birthday. So far it seemed like any other birthday. “Thanks, Dad. I just missed a call from Inge. I tried calling her back but she didn’t answer. Is she there?” My younger sister Ingrid and her kids, Malee, four, and Bas, 23 months, were living at Dad’s place at Wilberforce, north of Sydney, since her separation from their father Neung, and I assumed she’d be in. “No, she’s gone with the police,” Dad explained. “Neung has broken the AVO again. He came over last night, apparently.” He sighed. “He called here a little while back, so I told him Ingrid has gone with the police.” I felt unsettled. It must...
 

Sign My Petition and join 26,000 voices supporting me ! My family shouldn't be dead. Police MUST act on breaches of Apprehended Violence Orders - orders to keep the perpetrator from the victim-  to avoid families like mine being murdered. click here Petition 

Donate here- gofund.me/v78fr4

 

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  • "Killing Love", by - worthy of attention. Inspiring book from an inspiring woman.

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    Rebecca is just the most extraordinary woman
  • Listen in to Rebecca Poulson to talking about her book Killing Love now

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  • Woohoo! I'm in such fine company you wonderful, clever woman! I can't wait to read your incredible book. Lots of lovex

  • bairdjulia Julia Baird Journalist Q & A

    @becpoulson Rebecca I admire you so much. Thank you for coming, and talking. By doing so, you are saving lives xx



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    "Killing Love", by - worthy of attention. Inspiring book from an inspiring woman

  • Tara Moss
    Tara Moss Thank you, Rebecca. It was so lovely to meet you. Congratulations on your Sassy.
  • NSW Governor His Excellency David Hurley 

    "You have the most extraordinary story and you are the most extraordinary woman"

  • on 26 December 2015
    This book was not an easy read, due to the topics that it dealt with; suicide and murder of innocent children within a family. Yet I could not put this book down. The author has written with unflinching honesty, sharing details of the horrific events that led up to and happened on her 30th birthday. The descriptions of the processes of grief that she went through on her journey to healing are frank, honest, and full of realism. I found myself relating to some of the things she wrote about. Her description of the coroner's court procedures are quite thought provoking. They highlight the lack of in depth, adequate police training in the complexities of domestic violence, and how many serious cases fall through the cracks of the department of childrens services. I highly recommend this book.
  • on 8 September 2015
    Rebecca's story is extraordinary, initially tantalising us with anecdotes about her beloved family members, so we get to know them. Then sharing her difficult journey through grief and loss. This book is an important story about domestic violence, suicide and personal grief as well as her personal experience through the darkness of grief and depression. It is written in such a way that I was drawn into the book, hooked from the first page, didn't want to put it down. I love the descriptions that engage on all our senses and the honesty with which Rebecca shares her inner world. I admire the way she lives her life to help prevent this tragedy from occurring again. Brilliant, well done.
  • on 21 November 2015
    How can one say "....yes I enjoyed it!" I was glued to every page from beginning to end, at times with tissues on hand. I feel I have met another amazing woman & all her family though it be through Rebecca Poulson's book; I have the feeling to reach out to protect you all...
    Thank you for your courage Rebecca, thank you to all your family for just being who they are.
  • Meg

    Sep 14, 2015Meg rated it it was amazing
    This is not an easy book to read, as the story is in parts heart breaking...and in return I was given the gift of beautiful phrasing, clarity of purpose and life-changing truths. I can only imagine the depths Rebecca plumbed to write this book and I can only hope that it's message gathers its own momentum in the future without always referencing her pain. But oh my, this girl can write. 
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    Sep 23, 2015Debbie Wye rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars Goodreads
    Rebecca Poulson's story is one of a woman who refuses to let tragedy define her life. She analyses the suicide of her older brother and the murders of her father, niece and nephew and questions herself, as any of us would in the same situations, as to what she could have done to prevent these events. Rebecca shares how the domestic violence 'help' systems in Australia ultimately failed her family and outlines changes she would like to see within government organisations to identify domestic violence and support women and children in the future. 

    Rebecca writes in a brutally honest and brave manner, allowing the reader to empathise with her personal struggle of overwhelming grief. She takes us on her journey of trying to outrun the grief and how eventually small steps towards healing herself and a 'yearnlist' finally helped her to find her way back to happiness. 

    Rebecca's story fully engaged me from the first page to the last. It left me hoping I never have to endure a similar situation and wondering how I would cope if I did. I admire her honesty, strength and resolve to not let her brother-in-law ultimately destroy her life but instead motivate her to write, speak, raise awareness and lobby for domestic violence victims. 
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    Sep 23, 2015Debbie Wye rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars Goodreads
    Rebecca Poulson's story is one of a woman who refuses to let tragedy define her life. She analyses the suicide of her older brother and the murders of her father, niece and nephew and questions herself, as any of us would in the same situations, as to what she could have done to prevent these events. Rebecca shares how the domestic violence 'help' systems in Australia ultimately failed her family and outlines changes she would like to see within government organisations to identify domestic violence and support women and children in the future. 

    Rebecca writes in a brutally honest and brave manner, allowing the reader to empathise with her personal struggle of overwhelming grief. She takes us on her journey of trying to outrun the grief and how eventually small steps towards healing herself and a 'yearnlist' finally helped her to find her way back to happiness. 

    Rebecca's story fully engaged me from the first page to the last. It left me hoping I never have to endure a similar situation and wondering how I would cope if I did. I admire her honesty, strength and resolve to not let her brother-in-law ultimately destroy her life but instead motivate her to write, speak, raise awareness and lobby for domestic violence victims. 
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    Jan 01, 2016 Eirinn rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars Goodreads
    The subject matter is hard going, yet compelling, and Rebecca's writing style kept me turning the pages. The transformation of her brother in law from lover to killer was particularly haunting. I hesitate to call this book entertaining, given that it is a true crime story, but I would recommend it to anyone as an important book, placing domestic violence and its impact in a deserved spotlight.
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    Jan 01, 2016 Eirinn rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars Goodreads
    The subject matter is hard going, yet compelling, and Rebecca's writing style kept me turning the pages. The transformation of her brother in law from lover to killer was particularly haunting. I hesitate to call this book entertaining, given that it is a true crime story, but I would recommend it to anyone as an important book, placing domestic violence and its impact in a deserved spotlight.

  • Alison

    Sep 21, 2015Alison rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads
    I was deeply moved and impacted by Rebecca's story. Her book was both a heartbreaking story of tragic loss and grief and an inspirational story of recovery and hope. I loved Rebecca's writing style. She writes with honesty, eloquence and thoughtfulness.

  • Alison

    Sep 21, 2015Alison rated it it was amazing 5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads
    I was deeply moved and impacted by Rebecca's story. Her book was both a heartbreaking story of tragic loss and grief and an inspirational story of recovery and hope. I loved Rebecca's writing style. She writes with honesty, eloquence and thoughtfulness.