A little bit of context
Every night in our community, women and children experience domestic violence. Orange experiences one of the highest rates of domestic and family violence in NSW. Reported incidences of violence are twice the state average.
Unfortunately, Orange does not currently have a safe refuge for women who are deemed at high risk of physical harm or death. This often deters women from leaving a violent environment, opting to stay, rather than leave and seek refuge.
It is vital that we provide a safe and secure refuge for vulnerable women before a woman in our community dies from domestic violence.
But there’s a problem
Sometimes the only alternative is temporary accommodation in local motels, but these are a poor substitute for the support offered through a crisis centre or safe house. As it stands, the nearest crisis centre for women and children is in Bathurst. Uprooting women and children from their family support systems causes negative effects on the victim’s well-being and can delay recovery from the trauma.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
To remedy this, Community Housing Provider and domestic violence specialist, Housing Plus has been working with key community members, Federal, State and Local Governments to set up the The Orchard, the Orange Women and Children’s Crisis Centre.
The Orchard will provide much needed refuge for female victims of domestic and family violence in Orange and the surrounding communities who are at high risk of physical harm or death.
You can join us
Housing Plus have established and led the Orange Domestic and Family Violence Roundtable which includes representatives from Federal, State and Local Governments, as well as, key community members to develop strategies and identify potential funds to raise $1.8 million to build the Orange Women and Children's Crisis Centre.
And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without
100% (excluding transaction fees of 2% plus 30c) of your donation will provide much needed emergency accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic violence in our community.