Essential goods donated to women escaping domestic violence

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Shelters for vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence across the Northern Territory will soon receive a welcome pack of essential items.

Shelters for vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence across the Northern Territory will soon receive a welcome pack of essentials including toiletries, and funding for distributing the items.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) raised $9,000, including $3,500 from CDU staff, $3,500 from law firm MinterEllison and $2,000 from Outback Stores, that will assist with transporting the donations to remote communities.

On 20 July, a handover of items occurred at Darwin-based women’s, Dawn House, with the remainder of items to be distributed to remote areas.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities (TFHC) Deputy Chief Executive Families and Regional Services, Jeanette Kerr, said the Department welcomed CDU’s donation to support women in remote areas.

“This is an incredibly generous donation that will make a huge difference in the support that can be provided to some of the most vulnerable Territorians,” she said.

“It is fantastic to see the support from CDU in recognising the work our remote shelters do in keeping women and children safe from harm.

“I couldn’t thank them more for their generosity and kindness.”

CDU Secretary, Professor Hilary Winchester, organised the university-wide fundraiser to support the theme of breaking the bias for women, particularly those living in remote Territory communities.

“We organised the fundraiser and donations for International Women’s Day because we want to show our support and care for women in Remote Community Safe Houses,” Professor Winchester said.

“Many women in remote areas experience the impacts of domestic violence and lack of access to essential goods due to remoteness.

“If all of us at CDU can do a bit to make these women and children’s lives a bit better, that’s what we’d like to do for the Territory community.”

TFHC has recently delivered CDU’s donations to Women’s Remote Community Safe Houses in Yuendumu and Alice Springs.

More packs of donations will be delivered to communities such as Wadeye, Gunbalanya, Maningrida, Elliot, Tennant Creek and the Tiwi Islands in the coming weeks.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities Deputy CEO Jeanette Kerr, CDU Secretary Professor Hilary Winchester AM, Executive Officer Susan Crane and TFHC Director of Housing Pathways Emma Clee.

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