inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, has launched inSpire—a fund that supports refugee and migrant women after they have moved on from family violence.
Chair of inTouch, Ms Faye Spiteri, said inSpire will help these women at a crucial time in their life. ‘We know, through the work of inTouch over the last 35 years, that after leaving a violent relationship, when support services have stopped, women and their children are often isolated and extremely vulnerable. They need support to rebuild their lives. This is where inSpire will step in’.
She added ‘The inSpire fund will help women and their children who have experienced family violence rebuild their lives. I am so pleased to announce that we have self-funded this initiative with over $200,000 to get it off the ground. All donations will go directly to supporting women and their children to reach their potential’.
‘Each and every one of us can play a part in helping these women. I am asking the community to get behind us and donate to this incredibly important initiative. No matter how big or small a donation, collectively we can help these women and their children realise a brighter future. We can change lives’, said Ms Spiteri.
Beneficiaries will be women like Ms Sarah Tamsil, a member of the inTouch Victim Survivors Advisory Group, who helped shape the scope of programs that inSpire will fund. Sarah was born in Indonesia and experienced years of abuse and violence in her relationships. Regaining her confidence and moving on with her life, with the support of InTouch, has given her hope for a different, optimistic future.
The CEO, Ms Michal Morris, said that inTouch is the only accredited family violence service in Australia specialising in culturally tailored services and programs for victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence.
‘Since 1984, inTouch has assisted more than 18,000 women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Today our work is guided by a Victim Survivors Advisory Group which has helped build our understanding of the needs of women who are transitioning out of family violence’, said Ms Morris.
‘We want these women to feel empowered and supported to explore pathways into further training, education and employment. inSpire will offer assistance in three areas – economic empowerment, building stronger families and creating social connections’, she added.
‘I am so proud that inTouch will be able to support these women’, said Ms Morris.
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