Winners of Raffle drawn 27th July 2015 at Nambour High School

The Ark held its first luncheon in May with ten ladies attending and enjoying some great food and Tupperware trivia. It was decided that items obtained from having the party would be used for a raffle to raise funds for “The Luke Batty Foundation”. The foundation was contacted to seek approval and we were directed to “Safe Steps” – see details below. WINNERS :- 1st prize Janine Zwar – 2nd prize Paul Clarke – 3rd Prize Lisa Blackman Tickets were drawn out by Nambour High School Principal – Dr Wayne Troyahn Total amount raised $275 – Thankyou to all who supported us! DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE is everyone’s responsibility… By giving a donation today to safe steps (see link below) Family Violence Response Centre, you will be making a real difference to the lives of the thousands of women and their children we assist each year to be safe and live free of violence. Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from providing a 24/7 family violence response, transporting a women and her children to safety, providing emergency accommodation and ongoing support services. Thank you. 24/7 Family Violence Response  1800 015 188 (Toll free) Safe...

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

More than one million Australian children are affected by domestic violence, according to the Personal Safety Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006). More than two decades of international research definitively shows that infants, children and adolescents experience serious negative psychological, emotional, social, and developmental impacts to their wellbeing from the traumatic ongoing experiences of domestic violence. A number of recent Australia studies examining the family law system have brought attention to the experiences of children affected by violence and an urgent call to improving policies and practices to protect and support children and victimised caregivers. Research has shown that children and victimised caregivers can cope and recover, particularly when specialised services are offered. Specialised programs and counselling models are rapidly being developed and implemented, often with a growing focus of attending to the mother-child relationship. This review examines the literature in general and the recent Australia studies of family law legislation to explore the impacts on children who are affected by domestic violence, and provides recommendations for generalist social service practitioners working with these families. Project Ref: RG113568 Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse Children affected by domestic violence literature review for The Benevolent Society – refer to PDF link below:- Effects of Domestic Violence on...

Never Alone

You’ve probably heard Rosie Batty’s story. Last year her son Luke was murdered by his own father at cricket practice. 1800MUMMYS has joined Rosie in her mission to lift the burden from victims and make the family violence epidemic every Australian’s business. Rosie is asking Australians to stand with her beside every victim at link neveralone Rosie wants to build a groundswell of support for victims that will make it impossible for them to be ignored any longer. Every single week two woman are murdered. Every three hours a woman is hospitalised. The Never Alone campaign will stand with the victims of family violence so that they are supported in the community and have a powerful voice in the corridors of power. Thank you...