Friends With Dignity is a registered, volunteer-based, not-for-profit charity that is 100% self-funded. The charity recognises that domestic violence does not discriminate as it affects men, women and children irrespective of race, ethnicity or socio-economic standing.
Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia. It occurs across all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affects women and children. The impacts of violence can be serious and long-lasting, and can affect an individual’s health, wellbeing, education, relationships and housing outcomes.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey 2016, an estimated 1 in 6 (17%, or 1.6 million) women and 1 in 16 (6.1%, or 0.5 million) men have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner since the age of 15 (ABS 2017).
Women were more likely to experience violence from a known person and in their home, while men were more likely to experience violence from a stranger and in a public place (ABS 2017). In times of major crisis – like natural disasters and the COVID-19 epidemic — the risk of family and domestic violence can increase.
Premis is proud to announce that this year we are supporting the ‘Friends with Dignity Christmas Toy Drive’. This event is about bringing joy and hope to parents and children living in refuge this Christmas and we would love you to be involved! Simply purchase a gift for a child or a pamper item for parents (unwrapped please) and drop it in to our offices at 7 Mallon Street, Bowen Hills no later than the 4th of December.
Many other organisations are helping us support this fabulous cause and we are extremely grateful to them. In particular, we’d love to give a big shout out to the Mater Hospital for the amazing support they’ve provided, with so many gifts and toys already donated.
To read more about some of the amazing programs offered by the team at Friends With Dignity, visit: https://www.friendswithdignity.org.au/