Stand against Domestic Violence
Violence against women is the leading cause of death, disability, and illness in Australian women aged 15-44 and has become a leading cause of homelessness in NSW. In 2018, 210,000 women in Australia will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Many of those who attempt to leave the situation will find it overwhelming to set up a new life, especially with little or no support. Unfortunately some will return to an unsafe situation due to lack of support.
God calls us, as His Church, to show comfort and compassion to those in trouble. This includes women who have been victims of violence in the home. Pendle Hill Crisis Centre, in Western Sydney, and Platform Nine, in the Sutherland Shire, are Fresh Hope Engage Partners who offer practical, emotional, social and spiritual support to women leaving domestic violence and other unsafe situations. These programs not only offer a safe home, but also comfort, compassion, belonging and healing.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Join two of Fresh Hope Engage’s Partners in offering compassion and comfort to those experiencing domestic violence. As you support these programs in prayer and financial assistance, please know you are facilitating compassion and comfort for the most vulnerable in our society.
Platform 9 Supports many woman and children who are escaping domestic and family violence. In the past year we have provided emergency response accommodation and intensive case-management support for over 50 woman and children. These woman access our services through the DV line Link2home, FACS housing or emergency services and arrive with next to nothing – no finances, no clothes, nothing that they are familiar with.
On arrival our official partners along with our staff provide these woman and children with welcome packs of food hygiene items, food vouchers, toys for the kids, a safe secure environment where they can rest and get the support they require to move on to a life of independence. Our goal for all these woman is to provide them with the care, comfort, support, housing solutions and meet their emotional and spiritual needs. Our program has been a great success with 96% of our woman and children successfully finding longer term housing options and living a life of independence.
One story that come to mind is a single mum and her daughter. The perpetrator was jailed for 5 years and the daughter had been dramatically impacted by the trauma She developed co-dependency behavioural issues and was unable to spend any time apart from her mother in fear that her mother might not be there when she got back. She would not attend school and she was so scared of what might happen to her mum. She had become the protector. As time went on our team worked intensively with this family and provided wrap around services to meet both the mother and the daughters needs. The family spent 8 months with us as we worked on supporting them to build a solid foundation for when they moved on. In that time we saw a lot of growth in them both. The daughter began to spend time away from mum and she started to have sleep overs at peoples places as she was more comfortable with mum going out with out her and began to live more independently. By the time the family moved into their forever home they were both attending church regularly and brought the grandmother along as well. The daughter attends youth group weekly with out mum and is back at school with a high attendance rate.
Platform Nine is incredibly necessary with a growing need in our community, we rely on the generosity of our partners and the local community to fund our programs, our sincere thanks goes to fresh hope and their donors for supporting our project.
Thank-you for your generous support. The total of $9,000 raised through this appeal have been forwarded to Platform 9 to support victims of domestic violence.
Family and domestic violence support services:
• NSW Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
• ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 02 6280 0900
For information, support and help for those experiencing domestic violence.
• 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
Confidential information, counselling and support service to support people
impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse
• Common Grace
Common Grace has launched “SAFER” – an online resource to help churches support and
prioritise victims of domestic violence, and know how to deal with perpetrators.
• Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report explores the extent, impact and cost of family, domestic and sexual violence in
Australia, and looks at what could be done to fill important data gaps.
• White Ribbon Australia
Understanding domestic violence, the prevalence and signs of an abusive relationship.