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MOST Australians have never visited a domestic violence refuge and never will.
Luckily. Many women who are in violent relationships don’t even know they exist and all the services they offer.
Yet, they are an absolutely vital link in solving Australia’s female homelessness issue, often the safe gateway away from abuse. You can’t tackle female homelessness and ignore domestic violence. It’s the Number One cause.
We financially assist DV refuges all over the state now. They are well organised, comfortable and welcoming places, hidden in the suburbs throughout our cities and regions, and well equipped for single women, and mothers with children.
How long do you think most abused women and children usually stay in a DV refuge before they move to the next step of housing? A couple of nights? Many stay for months. The average is around 60 days. You need to arrange custody orders and DVOS for protection sorted out, and legal help and Centrelink and new bank accounts set up. You need counselling for children and women, many who are severely physically and mentally traumatised. You need to settle children into new schools. Many need urgent and ongoing medical attention. But really to build up women and children to feel strong and take control of their lives, it takes all those things together.
A new short film that gives a glimpse of the world inside of DV refuge has been made, a collaboration between Chisholm Inc and Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.
Watch it here www.bdvs.org.au/latest/latest-news
SCULPTOR’S FEET PAVE WAY TO NEW LIFE
When Kym Frame embarked on a labour of love that was an art installation of more than 100 women’s cast and illuminated feet, the Brisbane sculptor wanted it to help Queensland’s disadvantaged women. She saw Second chance as a perfect fit.
“Every woman counts and has a voice that needs to be heard,” Kym said. “more than 100 amazing women, generously gave their time to be part of the project, to together in support of other women, women they have never met.”
The illuminated installation culminated with the Women Afoot exhibition in New Farm’s Graydon Gallery recently, where a crowd gathered to see the stunning circle of feet made from natural handmade banana paper, which is delicate and fragile but surprisingly strong.
More than 100 women were involved in the project, from diverse backgrounds, aged 16-89. It was a labour of love for Kym. Each foot was four day’s work. She also recorded individual messages from the women, which were played in the gallery, and screen printed on linen towels, to sell for Second Chance. They were wildly popular.
The Women Afoot Project raised more than $5500 for Second Chance.
“”All my life I’ve believed in potential – you always invest in potential. That’s the space that Second Chance works in – what is possible when you assist women and their children out of poverty and homelessness. That’s why we back them. It is money well spent.
“”My wife Geraldine says that to achieve mastery in a field – sport, a career, a language – you need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice throughout your life. So, what about children who have endured 10,000 hours of violence or the effects of poverty and homelessness? What happens to them?’’
– Noel Whittaker is one of Australia’s foremost financial commentators, having written 20 books that have sold more than two million copies.
– His wife Geraldine is a psychologist who has worked with children from situations of family violence. Together, they are Second Chance donors.