DFV

22 Oct

Domestic violence victims: not just a statistic

Imagine that feeling where you’ve found yourself stuck behind a locked door. Now imagine that feeling of being trapped constantly weighing on you – every hour of every day. This feeling is what countless women experience in an abusive relationship. There may or may not be a locked door, yet either way they are trapped in a situation that is not only ruining their life but also endangering it. This week is Week Without Violence, an annual event taking place globally...

09 Oct

Open Support announced as a Safe Places Grant recipient

Open Support announced as a Safe Places Grant recipient Open Support, a charitable arm of St Vincent’s Clinic, has been awarded $2,509,688 by the Australian Government as part of the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation program. Open Support said the grant would allow them to increase emergency accommodation and provide women and children somewhere safe to escape violence. “This grant is going to be a game-changer for our Domestic and Family Violence operations,” said Gary Sillett, General Manager of Open Support. “When a family...

23 Jul

Open Support awarded $70,000 from the Estate of The Late Harry Leslie Howden Bequest Trust

Open Support is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded $70,000 from the Estate of The Late Harry Leslie Howden Bequest Trust, granted through the Perpetual IMPACT Funding Program. The funds will be used to assist women and children on temporary visas escaping Domestic and Family Violence. In particular, they will allow us to provide transitional housing and specialist support to women and their children for up to 18 months, enabling them to live a life free from abuse...

01 Jul

Helping Domestic Violence survivors to safety and independence

Helping Domestic Violence survivors to safety and independence In the last eight weeks, five women were killed by their partners or ex-partners across NSW – a shocking statistic reminding everyone, though no reminder is required, that more actions and support are needed urgently in Australia to tackle the complex issue of domestic abuse. At Open Support, we have been working on reducing the impact of domestic violence for 30 years, caring for women and their children escaping a violent home. We support...

05 Dec

16 Days of Activism

Taking action against gender-based violence Did you know 16 Days of Activism is run by over 6,000 organizations in 187 countries? Since 1991, this campaign has been taking a stand against gender-based violence from 25 November and 10 December. On average, one woman is murdered every week by a partner or an ex in Australia. Marianne Ibrahim, Domestic and Family Violence Program Manager at Open Support, talks about the multitude of obstacles for women who experience domestic violence. How important are...

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