Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, women and children are more at risk than ever from domestic violence and abuse*.
Essential measures such as Physical-Distancing and Self-Isolation are crucial to manage the spread of the virus but, tragically, they also put many women and children at a significantly increased risk.
In fact, since the first recorded case of COVID-19 in NSW, Google searches about domestic violence have risen by an alarming 75%.
During this difficult time, it’s vital that women and children fleeing violence have somewhere safe to go.
Our Thelma Brown Refuge offers families immediate essentials – a safe place to stay, some food to eat and a change of clothes. We also provide the support and counselling a woman needs to build a future free from violence for herself and her children.
Due to the coronavirus we have been forced to cancel many of our fundraising activities. This has significantly impacted the funding available for essential services like Thelma Brown Cottage.
We must raise $224,000 by 30th June to keep our refuge open.
Last year, 10yr old Maddy arrived at Thelma Brown Cottage with mum Jen and younger brother, Ben. At first, she was quiet and withdrawn but, as she opened up, it became clear that not only had she witnessed horrific acts of violence against her mum, she was also a victim of physical abuse by her dad.
Support from people just like you, meant we could help Maddy and her family build a safe, happy future.
Women and children like Maddy need your help now more than ever.
Please, help give families fleeing violence a safe refuge.
*we know that there will be men facing the same issues and we offer assistance to them through our Hope Hostel service and Men2Home partnership.
Watch our 3 part video of Jen and her children and their journey towards a safe and secure future.
If you are affected by this video please contact Parramatta Mission, or call:
Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
** All those involved in this video are actors