Professional Profile

Jenny Yates

BA Professional & Creative Writing
Author & Keynote Speaker
Contact Details
M: 0408305390


Jenny is an advocate for the campaign against domestic violence. Her life experiences and the insight gained in writing her memoir, The Vine Bleeds, have prepared her to communicate the message to the community, in a way that only one who has experienced and overcome domestic abuse, can do.

People who are currently experiencing domestic or family violence are in desperate need of help. However, there are other victims, those who may have escaped from abuse or witnessed it on a regular basis. These people continue to suffer, making bad decisions which affect their future or they may become victims or perpetrators. Jenny discusses this aspect of the abuse and suggests what must be done to break the cycle.

  • Jenny delivers the domestic violence message through the telling of her story. Her narrative is challenging, thought provoking and uplifting.
  • Jenny’s prime focus is the effect the trauma of domestic violence has on children and potential lifetime effects for those children
  • Jenny’s aim is help victims, perpetrators and children, the silent victims, to believe they can break the cycle.

Life Experience

Born In Melbourne Australia in the 1940’s, Jenny Yates’s middle class family was dominated by domestic violence, which had a profound influence on her life choices. When her aspirations of a medical career were stifled she left school at fifteen but returned to study in later life, gained her Higher School Certificate and enrolled in a writing course. Jenny never planned to write a book but her yearning for education led her to university. After she obtained her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Professional Writing she completed her memoir, The Vine Bleeds.

In her working life Jenny was a clerk, Comptometerist, IT Edit Supervisor, Computer Programmer, Project Manager and Implementation Officer. Along the way she gained experience in Real Estate and the high finance world of entrepreneurs. All this was achieved as well as raising her two daughters, initially as a single mother, and guiding them both to very successful careers in the medical profession.

Since the launch of her memoir Jenny has presented to community groups throughout Victoria including Rotary, Probus,U3A, and CWA.  She was the keynote speaker at Bendigo White Ribbon day (900 attendees) and Nunawading Lions International Women’s Day Dinner, EDVOS AGM and a White Ribbon Event for Department of Health & Human Services.

Formal Qualifications

Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) – Holmesglen 2004

Bachelor of Arts (Professional & Creative Writing) with distinction – Deakin 2013

Areas of Expertise


  • The Vine Bleeds, a memoir published by Brogla Publishing
  • Editor of Child & Family Care The Volunteer published monthly
  • Article The Sophisticated Strip published in INROADS Great Streets of Melbourne, published by Holmesglen Writers.
  • Non-fiction and children’s manuscripts


  • White Ribbon Day functions
  • Probus Groups
  • Rotary Clubs
  • CWA Branches
  • U3A
  • Libraries – Metropolitan and Regional Victoria
  • Nunawading Lions Women’s International Day dinner
  • Private Functions

Community Acknowledgement

  • The Vine Bleeds awarded as prizes at a joint event ‘Leading and Learning – Working on Wicked Problems’ with Deakin University and the Melbourne Women’s Fund

 Related previous roles external to workplace

  • Helping Hand Volunteer providing assistance to mothers and caring for children
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator at Child and Family Care. Co-ordinating ninety volunteers in a variety of tasks
  • Epworth Day Care Oncology. Assisting with patients undergoing treatment
  • Palliative Care volunteer at Monash Hospital. Providing support for patients at McCullough House for five years
  • Honorary Probation Officer. Meeting with persons on probation and providing support
  • Sunday School Teacher

Looking forward

Jenny initially wrote The Vine Bleeds for family and her own healing. She quickly realised it has the potential to help victims, perpetrators and children to help break the cycle.

Jenny’s goal now is to speak out and share her story wherever she can, to provide an understanding of the problem of domestic violence and the repercussions especially for children.

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