Overcoming impacts of family violence

When we think about how family violence impacts women’s lives, people often focus on the violence itself. But for many of our clients, security is just the beginning – finding safety away from violence marks the start of a long journey to rebuild their lives and establish their long-term wellbeing. During this time, many of the women we work with say they feel disconnected from society, separated from family by thousands of miles, or even cut-off from their communities.

For the longest time after I found safety I was feeling so alone. With no way to meet people or develop myself I was severely depressed.

– *Saanvi, former inTouch client

Thankfully, our inSpire initiative is here to help. Filling a crucial gap in services, inSpire creates opportunities for women to connect and build friendships through our community events and workshops.

Uniting women in celebration

We each celebrate in different ways, on different days, with different traditions. But there is one thing every festival has in common – community. While some take this for granted, we know days of cultural and religious importance can be the some of the most isolating for women we work with. That’s why inSpire events make all the difference.

 I always loved Christmas but this year has been hard and I felt lonely. Meeting new people and spending time together means a lot.

- *Aaliyah, inSpire Christmas 2019 event attendee

Bringing my children to dance and eat with all these lovely ladies and their kids is so special. We enjoyed everything a lot, especially meeting such lovely ladies even though we are far away I feel like we are home

- *Saanvi, inSpire Diwali 2019 event attendee

Living in an unknown country, an event like this makes me feel I am part of the family. I feel accepted

- *Aadya, inSpire Christmas 2019 event attendee

‘These events make me feel like I am not alone. Without you today would not have brought joy to my face.’ 

- *Pihu, inSpire Diwali 2020 event attendee

Normally we are lonely here, especially in festival times. But now we feel warm because you are thinking of us. We are not forgotten by the world. 

–*Prisha, inSpire Diwali event attendee

inSpire events provide a safe space and important opportunities for women and children to come together, share a meal, and build friendships with others. While this may seem small, the impact is profound, and the connections made last long into the future.

Help us bring women together

No matter your personal circumstances this year, you can help us to build stronger, more connected communities this festive season:

1. Bring communities together in celebration. Gift a donation to our inSpire initiative.

2. Help women feel seen and valued this festive season.

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    Community and connection during COVID-19

    During COVID-19, we’ve all been touched by loneliness, unable to see our family and friends. But as the holiday season draws closer, many people are feeling a sense of normality return.

    For many of the women we work with, the easing of restrictions has done little to alleviate feelings of isolation. And as time moves forward, this can impact their mental and physical health – extending the trauma of family violence.

    In this time of continued uncertainty, it is more critical than ever that women and their children have opportunities to connect, build friendships and celebrate culture.

    100% of your donation will help fund vital programs and events from our inSpire initiative.
    Charity donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

    *Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

    Are you or someone you know experiencing family violence? Call;

    – In case of emergency, please call Police on 000
    – Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 1800 015 188 (24 hours)
    – 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 (24 hours)
    – Lifeline 13 11 14
    – Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292 (24 hours)
    – inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence 1800 755 988 (9am – 5pm Mon to Fri)
    – No to Violence Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491