In the Cove has been contacted by Delvena Women’s Refuge with an urgent request for more assistance. You may recall last year we put a call out for some assistance. Since that time Lane Cove residents have been extremely generous. If you want to find our more about Delvena and how they are working with In the Cove, please read our article here.
What does Delvena Women’s Refuge Do?
For those of you who may not have heard about Delvena Women’s Refuge, it’s a women’s refuge located in Lane Cove. Delvena provides accommodation and holistic support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence and are homeless as a result. For obvious reasons the address is not publicised to ensure the safety of the people who seek assistance from the Refuge. It is run by Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre which provides a range of support services to women and their children, including crisis and transitional accommodation, early intervention support, group programs and counseling.
Last year there were 79 woman murdered in Australia due to domestic violence issues. Twenty Australian women are believed to have died as a result of male violence since the start of 2016. In the same time three Australian men are believed to have died at the hands of women.
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. Here are some of the statistics on their web site.
- Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
- A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home.
- Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
- One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
- One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse.
- The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum.
- One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.
- One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime.
The North Shore is not immune to cases of Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence can take many forms and includes physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, verbal abuse and intimidation, spiritual abuse, economic deprivation, social deprivation, damage to personal property and/or abuse of power.
What Does Delvena Women’s Refuge Need?
Delvena needs gift vouchers – they rely on the community for the donations of gift vouchers (Kmart, Coles, Woolworths etc.) in order to assist families financially. Many of their families have very limited financial resources when they come to Delvena refuge and vouchers make a real difference as they enable families to purchase things that they immediately need such as clothes. Delvena’s stock of vouchers has become quite low and therefore if anyone is able to donate vouchers, even left over vouchers with small amounts of money on them, these would be very gratefully received.
They have also requested the following items urgently.
Supermarket Gift Vouchers
Please also note that due to limited space Delvena is not able, on any occasion, to accept the following items: books, clothes, toiletries, make-up. Due to very limited space and resources, Delvena is unable to accept items that are not listed above.
How Do You Contact Delvena?
The best way to contact Delvena is by Email. Please send an email to Delvena and state what you are able to donate and include your contact details. It’s better to contact Delvena by Email, rather than phone, as they are sometimes called out of the office on emergencies. Due to limited staff it may take about four to five days to get back to you.
If you are concerned about domestic violence, speak to a family member, a friend or contact one of the support services listed here.
Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at [email protected]
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