Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network raises funds for Junction Australia

ADVOCATE: Southern Fleurieu Women's Network's Dr Carolyn Mathews is passionate about the issue of domestic violence.

ADVOCATE: Southern Fleurieu Women's Network's Dr Carolyn Mathews is passionate about the issue of domestic violence.

FLEURIEU – A group of Fleurieu women is taking on the issue of domestic violence by raising much needed funds for a counselling and support service.

The Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network will raise money for Junction Australia through a fundraising breakfast at the Hotel Victor on October 8.

They are calling for any interested women and men to book for the event, which will feature guest and Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.

The network is an informal group of Fleurieu women, committed to identifying issues relevant to women and to lobby that those issues are addressed.

Event organiser Dr Carolyn Mathews said in Australia one in three women has been a victim of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is something we’d rather not think about, but for some families it is a regular occurrence that creates misery in their lives and long term effects on their children,” Dr Mathews said.

“Domestic violence that is not addressed can contribute to homelessness and mental illness. 

“Rebekha is an advocate for the prevention of domestic violence and homelessness and will address these issues.”

Dr Mathews said the Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network holds events each year to raise money for issues relevant to women.

“Often these are issues that many of us would prefer did not need attention. 

“But for families that encounter domestic violence, these experiences can leave life-long scars.”

Junction Australia was originally established to address the problem of homelessness for young people.

The independent organisation grew rapidly to focus on the wellbeing of children and the safety and effectiveness of families.

The local branch of Junction Australia is the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Domestic Violence Service.

It is an outreach service providing support to women, children and young people who are living with, or escaping from, domestic and family violence. 

“Funding for organisations such as Junction Australia is critically low and the Southern Fleurieu Women’s Network is proud to offer support by raising funds at a breakfast.”

Statistics show that one in four women have been emotionally abused by a partner; one woman dies at the hands of her current or former partner almost every week in Australia; and 61 per cent of women who experienced domestic violence had children in their care when the violence occurred.

  • The event will be held at Hotel Victor on Saturday, October 8 with a buffet breakfast from 8.15am, cost is $25, with funds raised going to Junction Australia. To book phone Kathy 0402 693 747.
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