In Australia, 1 in 6 women experience physical or sexual violence from a partner. 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse from a partner. Everyone in society is impacted, and together we can raise awareness and create a change that is so important.
May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, raising awareness and promoting a clear message of no tolerance in our community. It is also about raising awareness of services that are available, and letting women know of options for support that are available to anyone who needs it.
The Brady Marcs team are proud to be helping raise awareness for this important case, and in particular to be supporting the work of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. HKWS is a fantastic community organisation, providing a life-changing service in our community. Hornsby Ku-ring-gai is one of just seven similar shelters operating across Greater Sydney.
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter provides emergency accomodation for up to 3 months for women experiencing domestic violence and homelessness, as well as professional case management and other support services. Through local support and fundraising, the Shelter was able to purchase a property to be the permanent home for the organisation, ensuring the vital work of the Shelter continues to make a difference in the community,
“Our new home is a place of hope, where women in need can access short-term accommodation, safe, and secure, without judgement, or obligation. It is also a welcoming home for women and their children.”
HKWS provides residential accommodation, professional case management and other services to support women experiencing domestic violence and homelessness. With the new property, the Shelter can offer accomodation to not jus women, but to their children as well.
The new shelter is just one part of the solution however, and the organisation provides services to women and families in need across the community, via support programs and case management.
How you can help
There are many ways to support the Shelter. First and foremost, making a financial gift helps pay the ongoing staff costs for the shelter, and ensures that care can be provided to those who need it.
HKWS are hosting a breakfast on 24 May, 8:00-10:30am at Kiplings Garage Bar and Restaurant in Turramurra. This event is currently sold out, but you are still able to show support. For more ways to donate time or money, visit: hkws.org.au/getinvolved
How to access help
If you are in immediate danger, call 000. If you are experiencing domestic violence and/ or homelessness and need safety and shelter now, contact Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1800 656 463 or Link2Home 1800 152 152. These services are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information, visit: hkws.org.au/gethelp