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#RefugeeWeekAU: 1 in 3 migrant and refugee women have experienced some form of domestic and family violence, with temporary visa holders reporting relatively higher levels of violence. (Monash University, 2021) At Women’s Community Shelters, our aim is to create an Australia where all women are safe, secure, supported, and equal by providing crisis shelters, transitional accommodations and wrap-around support. If you are in need of support, please reach out. Family and domestic violence support: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811 Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 13 11 14 Relationships Australia:1300 364 277 NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63 If you are in an emergency, please call 000

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“Respect is not a matter of age" on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day or any other day of the year. Elder abuse doesn’t always happen in intimate partner relationships but also within families. This abuse impacts women’s financial safety and security and puts them at a significant risk of homelessness. At WCS, we provide safe, secure and supportive emergency accommodation and dedicated transitional housing designed exclusively for women over 55. If you, or someone you know, is facing elder abuse, you can call the free and confidential National Elder Abuse phone line on 1800 ELDERHelp - 1800 353 374.

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Since our EOFY campaign began, more women have been killed as a result of domestic and family violence, making the need for your support more important than even. Your donation could help save the lives of women and children fleeing domestic and family violence, because that is the role our shelters play - critical homicide and assault prevention work. DONATE 👉 https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ HELP US reach our goal of $500,000 to fund a new shelter for an entire year. Your support today will help us provide more safe accommodation and supports to even more women and children at risk 🏠🧡

“We’re all waiting for a big, bold transformative announcement, and that promised ‘next step’, to really make a difference.” Ahead of the NSW budget, WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM reacts to the Daily Telegraph article titled ‘International Housing Affordability Report by Demographia ranks Sydney second worst.’ #endDV #homelessness

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‘It is crucial for policies, programs and decision-makers to approach gender-based violence with an intersectional lens, recognising the uniqueness of each individual and family.’ NSW Women’s Safety Commissioner Strategic Plan 2024-2027 #EndDV #Awareness

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"Left our home, left our car, left everything behind... found ourselves homeless with no furniture, no bag of clothes, that's it." Hear Julia recounts her experience of DFV and how a WCS shelter helped her rebuild her life. To help more women like Julia, donate now: https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ (Trigger warning: contains references to domestic and family violence) #endDV #domesticviolence #donate #fundraiser

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Amazing campaign! It’s important everyone can recognise healthy and harmful behaviours in relationships and to know the signs of coercive control. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect in a relationship, to make their own choices and to feel safe. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when behaviours in a relationship are healthy or harmful. Check out the vodcast and the quiz to learn more: https://www.nsw.gov.au/family-and-relationships/coercive-control/real-lubly

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Join the inaugural Board of our newest shelter on the Mornington Peninsula. We are looking for board members who are passionate about solving the crisis of homelessness in Victoria. Help create a safe haven for women and children escaping family violence in Melbourne. Please reach out to Sophie Panigirakis on fbcuvr@jbzrafpbzzhavglfurygref.bet.nh

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Help us reach $500,000 to fund a new shelter for a whole year! Donate here: https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ With your help, we can support more women and children escaping homelessness, domestic and family violence. #endDV #domesticviolence #donate #EOFY2024 #charity #makeadifference #fundraising

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In the Herald Sun article titled ‘Domestic violence victims slugged thousands of dollars in land tax bills’ WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM highlights that responding to domestic and family violence required a whole-of-government approach and urges governments of all levels to look at the way that government systems may either be weaponised by perpetrators or abuse, or inadvertently penalise victims as they are attempting to re-establish themselves.

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WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM was quoted in the ABC News about the Law Enforcement Commission Report on police responses to domestic and family violence in NSW, and parallels in some cases with the recent WA murders titled 'A pattern set to failure'. Annabelle says 'victim/survivors’ assessments of their own safety are incredibly accurate. They have watched their abuser and kept themselves as safe as they can, often for years, and know patterns of behaviour intimately. Victims often reach out to police as a last resort to keep themselves safe.' We highly recommend reading it: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-06/nsw-police-failures-to-properly-investigate-domestic-violence/103927244 #EndDV #StopDV #Believevictimsurvivors

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Great listen! Strength In Numbers podcast episode with guest WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM was released this week. She chatted to Diandra Phipps about the work of Women’s Community Shelters and how we work with local communities to solve domestic and family violence. Annabelle also mentioned perceptions about shelters. WCS shelters are beautiful, inviting, warm places where we provide safety and wrap-around support to women and children. If you want to help us provide more safe places to women and children escaping homelessness and DFV donate here: https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ Repost first slide from Instagram: @strengthinnumbers_pod

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WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM has long spoken about the correlation between sporting events, the easy access to alcohol and a spike in domestic and family violence. She has been reiterating this message strongly these past few days ahead of State of Origin - and in Women's Agenda yesterday. "We cannot consider short and medium term strategies addressing domestic and family violence without looking at the impact of alcohol as an accelerant to physical violence and how apps and delivery services make the substance easier to acquire. This means that where underlying attitudes predispose someone to violence, or violence is already present in the relationship, alcohol can be the fuel that makes it much worse Victim-survivors regularly tell us this is part of their experience. Not all, but significant numbers. We need to believe them." Read the full article here: https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/three-women-were-killed-over-the-weekend-when-will-male-violence-end/

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With State of Origin coming up and the increase of alcohol consumption during sporting events, it’s important to remember that in Australia, alcohol is estimated to be involved in between 23 percent and 65 percent of all family violence incidents reported to police. The literature shows a solid and persistent connection between alcohol use and violence against women (ANROWS). WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM states the need to look at the impact of easily available alcohol in response to a recent article published by The Guardian titled ‘It demeans everyone’: Albanese responds to question tackling DV spike during origin.'. Article here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2024/may/30/it-demeans-everyone-albanese-responds-to-question-tackling-dv-spike-during-origin-video #enddv #domesticandfamilyviolence

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‘In the most recent shelter that we opened, we're turning away nine out of 10 people who approach us for help.’ says WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM. At WCS, we are dedicated in providing crisis shelters and innovative housing solutions such as ‘meanwhile use’ properties. In short, utilising a vacant property that may be earmarked for future redevelopment. 🧡 If you’d like to help us combat domestic and family violence, please consider donating: https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ If you need Family and Domestic Violence support, please contact: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811 Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 13 11 14 Relationships Australia:1300 364 277 NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63 If you are in an emergency, please call 000 #EndDV #domesticandfamilyviolence

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WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM reacts to the ABC News article 'Daughter of Floreat killer Mark James Bombara says police warned three times over 'imminent threat', guns. ⬇️ 'Ariel Bombara said listening more to women who have experienced a perpetrator's violence first-hand, was the next step governments needed to take.’ When victim/survivors say they fear for their lives - BELIEVE THEM. They have lived with, watched and worked around the behaviour of abusers (often for years) to keep themselves safe. If they say he’s dangerous, believe them. If they say ‘he’s escalating’, believe them. If they say they fear they will be killed - BELIEVE THEM. Time and time again, women’s assessments of a perpetrator’s dangerousness are minimised, downplayed or belittled by the systems supposed to help, only for hindsight to become 20/20 vision after somebody dies. Read the full article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-28/mark-james-bombara-floreat-shooting-daughter-speaks/103901710 #endDV #believevictimsurvivors

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Dive into a powerful story of resilience and hope with Julia, a courageous victim/survivor who found refuge at Parramatta Women's Shelter in 2021. Tune into Guardian Australia's Full Story podcast episode presented by Nour Haydar, "Inside a women’s shelter at the height of a national crisis," to hear Julia's firsthand account. You'll also gain insights from WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM and Parramatta Women’s Shelter Manager Tania Smith. Listen here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2024/may/27/inside-a-womens-shelter-at-the-height-of-a-national-crisis-full-story-podcast

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WCS welcomes the appointment of the expert panel and review of primary prevention strategies. Following the recent announcement of an expert panel to prevent violence against women and children featured in an ABC News article, WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM says domestic and family violence is a solvable problem and we we need to have tailored approaches to primary prevention developed and supported by frontline services, who know their communities and what activities will work. Read the full article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-28/violence-against-women-prevention-australia-panel-begins/103899326

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We love to hear school's feedback from our Walk the Talk team 🧡

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Women's Community Shelters (WCS) acknowledges Reconciliation Week 2024 with its theme, "Now More Than Ever." We recognise there are many differing views on this year's Reconciliation Week, being the first since the national yes vote. For many, this period may feel disheartening, while for others, it might serve as a renewed call to action. Regardless of these perspectives, our commitment to justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remains steadfast. We acknowledge the disproportionate challenges these communities face, including domestic and family violence. Our shelters continue to support First Nations women and children, providing safe crisis accommodation and essential support services. We are dedicated to advocating for their rights and well-being. #reconcilitationweek2024

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Watch this interview of WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM on 10 News First Midday with Narelda Jacobs. They discuss ending domestic and family violence, the role of the government, the role of each and every one of us and how to help if you are in a position to do so. If you would like to donate 👉 https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ YOU CAN HELP US CREATE MORE SAFE PLACES TODAY 🧡 #endDV #domesticviolence #fundraising #community If you are in need of support, please reach out to > Family and domestic violence support: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811 Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 13 11 14 Relationships Australia:1300 364 277 NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63 If you are in an emergency, please call 000

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Congratulations to our winner, Louise Pherous in QLD! 🎉 Thanks to everyone who participated, we’ve raised an incredible $35,000! These funds will help Women's Community Shelters support our existing shelter network and establish more safe spaces for at-risk women and children. 🏡💖 We couldn’t do this without you, and we’re immensely grateful for all your support. A huge thank you to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat for generously donating the prize and to our ongoing partner, Stellar 🧡 Together, we’re making a difference! 🌟 #ThankYou #CommunitySupport #ShelterNetwork #EndDV

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Today, on National Sorry Day, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, recognising the profound impact of historical injustices. We acknowledge that these communities continue to face disproportionate challenges, including domestic and family violence. Women's community shelters (WCS) play a vital role in providing safe crisis accommodation and wrap around support services for Indigenous women and children fleeing violence. As we reflect on the past, let us also recommit to supporting and amplifying the voices of those affected, ensuring that their rights and dignity are upheld every day.

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Today's your last chance to buy a raffle ticket and make a real difference. All proceeds help WCS support even more women and children escaping homelessness, domestic and family violence. The demand for safe accommodation is rising, and your support allows us to provide more safe and secure beds. Please share this post to spread the word and help us do more. By entering, you could win a stay at the luxurious Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, generously donated for this cause. Buy your raffle tickets here: https://drct-womenscommunityshelters.prod.supporterhub.net/raffles/gwinganna-lifestyle-retreat-raffle-for-womens-community-shelters-2024

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YOU CAN HELP US CREATE MORE SAFE PLACES TODAY 🧡 This EOFY, the urgent need to address domestic and family violence has never been clearer. Women’s Community Shelters actively work to prevent domestic homicides and assaults by providing women and children a safe and welcoming place to go. Our work disrupts the cycle of violence by intervening early, offering women and children a chance to break free from the cycle of abuse before it escalates to lethal levels and creates multi-generational trauma. Our specialist domestic violence and children’s case workers assist families to create safety plans, meeting each woman and child’s needs, as well as helping them build their secure, long-term futures. The need is urgent. We need your support today. 👉 DONATE NOW 👈https://www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au/eofy-appeal-2024/ #endDV #domesticviolence #coercivecontrol #EOFY2024 #donate #helpwomenandchildren #charity #giveback #support #helpingothers #makeadifference #fundraising2024 #eofyfundraiser #nonprofit #dfv #dv #donations #nonprofitorganisation #fundraiser #fundraising #community

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Women's Community Shelters️ Updated their cover photo. 4 weeks ago

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‘We can’t solve domestic violence unless we address housing and homelessness’. WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel reflects on this article published by ABC News which highlights Victoria but the same situation applies in NSW. Read it here for the full article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-22/rise-in-single-mothers-the-new-face-of-homelessness-in-australia/103814964

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Women’s Community Shelters volunteers represented at the Premiers Reception in celebration of National Volunteers Week! Jess for WCS Hub, Kim for Northern Beaches Women's Shelter, Mike for The Haven - Nepean Women's Shelter , Grace for Bayside Women's Shelter, Brian for Biyani House - Revesby Women's Shelter and Jo-ann for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter 🧡 We’re also taking this opportunity to say a huge, and heartfelt THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers across the WCS Shelter Network for your ongoing time, talent, commitment, and expertise to support women and children. It is thanks to volunteers like you that we can make a real difference and continue to increase the number of safe beds for women and children at risk of homelessness, domestic, and family violence. We couldn’t achieve our outcome without your dedication.

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Domestic Violence NSW invites you to join one of their special DV Prevention Month community film screenings of ‘Blaze’ directed by Archibald prize winning artist Del Kathryn Barton. These screenings are the perfect creative conversation starters for those looking to engage with DV Prevention Month. ‘Blaze’ is a feature film that uses Barton’s distinctive style to explore how creativity can be a source of healing for children victim-survivors exposed to violence. The screening will be followed by a recorded conversation with the film’s director – allowing us to unpack some of the advocacy within the film. You can attend these screenings at the following locations and dates: BEGA – Wednesday 22 May @ 3:30 – 5:30pm – tickets (free) here: (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/domestic-violence-prevention-month-film-screening-tickets-899716665767) SYDNEY – Friday 24 May @ 5:15 – 7:30pm – tickets (free) here: (https://events.humanitix.com/dv-prevention-month-film-screening-of-blaze) ORANGE – Thursday 30 May @ 6:00 – 9:00pm – tickets here ($40) (https://www.123tix.com.au/events/43883/dv-prevention-month-film-screening-blaze) #DVPM2024

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Tune in to ABC News Breakfast this week. They are dedicating a special coverage to Australia's gendered violence crisis 'Not Just a Number' and will be featuring interviews with experts, victim-survivors and politicians: https://www.facebook.com/watch/100064818577760/1420719435475259/

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This weekend our wonderful Walk the Talk presenter Jack Ellis was featured in @Stellar . In Jack's own words: "I’m so grateful to have been given the platform to further highlight the need for more men to speak up about gender based violence." We are so grateful for Jack's tireless work as part of our Walk the Talk team. Our pioneering respectful relationships program has reached over 14,500 students, with many more schools to come. If you would like more information about how your school could walk with us please visit www.wcswalkthetalk.org.au

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We are running a raffle with purpose to help women and children escaping homelessness, domestic and family violence. While we grow the number of safe beds we provide every year, the demand keeps getting higher highlighting the desperate needs for our shelter and services. 🧡Please share if you can 🧡 And you can win a wonderful stay at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat who kindly donated this prize. 🎟️ Buy your raffle ticket here now: https://drct-womenscommunityshelters.prod.supporterhub.net/raffles/gwinganna-lifestyle-retreat-raffle-for-womens-community-shelters-2024

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🌈 Today, Women's Community Shelters (WCS) stands firmly against LGBTQIA+ discrimination, driven by our core values of respect and kindness in all that we do. Let's continue striving for a world where respect and equality are universal realities. Together, we can build a community where everyone can live openly and authentically. #IDAHOBIT2024 #loveislove #respect #kindness

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We recommend this great listen from ABC Listen. "Australia's first domestic violence shelter Elsie opened in the 1970s, and researchers have been analysing the problem ever since. In the last three decades more than 1,500 women have been killed by intimate partners in Australia and we're still no closer to finding out why. Campaigner Rosie Batty has compared domestic violence to terrorism, and called for similar levels of funding. Is that comparison extreme, or is it the best way to get us closer to fixing the problem?" ABC Listen Access this episode here: https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/if-youre-listening/should-we-treat-domestic-violence-like-we-treat-terrorism/103852134 Women's Community Shelters provides crisis shelters, transitional accommodations and wrap around support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence. If you are in need of support, please reach out. Family and domestic violence support: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811 Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 13 11 14 Relationships Australia:1300 364 277 NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63 If you are in an emergency, please call 000

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Camden Women's Shelter is expanding their services to provide crisis accommodation to single women. They are looking for a Case Worker on a full time basis to work with women who are homeless in a crisis accommodation setting. The position is a fixed term contract for 18 months with the possibility of extension. For more information, click here: https://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/members/wcs/case-worker-12?categories=19,29,47,54,7&keywords=case%20worker&locations=3

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Why are we so vocal about the need for more affordable housing? Domestic and Family Violence is the leading cause of homelessness. We need exit points for women leaving refuges that are affordable for them. #domesticviolence #endDV #homelessness #DFV

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Back In the room where it happens. Our CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM spoke as a sector expert and advocate at the NSW Parliament panel on Domestic and Family Violence alongside Jess Hill, Christine Robinson (Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre), and Yumi Lee (Older Women's Network NSW). Annabelle continues her tireless work to end DFV and influence policy change. 💪 #EndDFV #Advocacy Group photo: Jess Hill, Abigail Boyd - Greens MP in NSW Parliament, Annabelle Daniel OAM - WCS CEO, Kobi Shetty - Greens MP, Yumi Lee - CEO of Older Women’s Network NSW, Jenny LEONG - Greens MP

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'We were hoping for more significant investment in addressing violence against women in last night’s Federal Budget. I had called for a billion dollars per year to make meaningful change across a range of systems and supports to be able to make a difference to domestic, family and sexual violence. Instead, there was nothing additional that had not already been provided to the press well ahead of Budget night. It is very challenging for victim/survivors and the people who love and support them to see a Budget surplus while women and children leave violence, only to find poverty and homelessness waiting for them.’ - WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel, OAM Women's Community Shelters provides crisis shelters, transitional accommodations and wrap around support to women and children escaping homelessness, domestic and family violence.

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NEWS: NSW Premier Chris Minns announced proposed laws to make it harder for 'serious' domestic violence offenders to be granted bail. Read more in the ABC article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-14/tighter-bail-laws-ankle-bracelets-domestic-violence-changes-nsw/103842194 #EndDV #EndDFV

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Following the Government’s announcement of $1 billion into domestic violence crisis housing and doubling homelessness funding as seen in the AFR on the weekend, WCS CEO Annabelle Daniel OAM reacts positively but emphasises that we really need to get the money to the front line. This is an urgent crisis. #EndDV #EndDFV

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WCS Walk the Talk program was in the Saturday Telegraph on Saturday! WCS Director or Education, Dannielle Miller OAM describes this article as a “positive news piece on the amazing work teens are doing with Women's Community Shelters and our Walk The Talk program. And it's one of the Editor's picks to read which is encouraging. Truly, EVERY high school in Australia should be joining us in this work (and it's fully funded for many schools). Read more about it in this brief news piece, or at our website: www.wcswalkthetalk.org.au #EndDV #EndDFV

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We wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mums and the mother figures across our community. Today, as we celebrate motherhood, we also pause to honour the courage and resilience of all the women navigating the challenges of domestic and family violence across our Shelter Network. We are inspired by your strength and determination to live lives free from violence. Happy Mother's Day.

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Mother's Day is this Sunday! Why not consider a special gift that supports women and children facing homelessness, domestic and family violence? Gift your Mum, Grandma or special person in your life a meaningful present that makes a difference. 100% of all raffle proceeds will go to supporting Women's Community Shelters, who work with local communities to provide emergency crisis accommodation, transitional housing and wrap-around support for at risk women and children. Kindly donated by the award winning Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, this prize offers the chance to win an incredible $10,000 stay, simply by purchasing a raffle ticket. Find all the details about the prize and how to enter here: https://drct-womenscommunityshelters.prod.supporterhub.net/raffles/gwinganna-lifestyle-retreat-raffle-for-womens-community-shelters-2024

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