FAMILY SUPPORT: Isaac Regional Charity Fund supports care packs for domestic violence victims - CCHAOSI Secretary Barbara Stranks and Mayor Anne Baker with care packs for domestic violence victims.
FAMILY SUPPORT: Isaac Regional Charity Fund supports care packs for domestic violence victims - CCHAOSI Secretary Barbara Stranks and Mayor Anne Baker with care packs for domestic violence victims. Contributed.

Support given to DV victims

THE Isaac Regional Charity Fund (IRCF) is supporting grassroots community organisations to deliver care packs to domestic violence victims in the region.

IRCF has partnered with Emergency & Long Term Accommodation in Moranbah Inc (ELAM) and Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Incorporated (CCHAOSI) with assistance from and other organisations to make the project a reality.

Isaac Regional Charity Fund Director and Mayor Anne Baker said violence against women is unacceptable and support must be given to victims.

"The care packs will go to women in crisis and emergency relief accommodation,” she said.

"ELAM identified that during this difficult time, they may not have been able to take any of their belongings and may not have funds to purchase essential hygiene and care items.

"These packs aim to provide clients with care packages in the first 24-48 hours following fleeing a domestic violence situation.”

"These are women who have bravely left, sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. These care packs are a way of showing them we care, they're not alone and providing them with basic necessities.

"Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.”

The funding will support four types of care packs:

60 home packs including washing basket, washing powder, dishwashing liquid, dish cloth and toilet paper.

60 bath packs including shampoo and conditioner, soap or body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, sanity items, and hair brush.

60 linen packs with towel, face washer, two pillows and pillowcases.

104 Children packs for children toothbrushes and toothpaste, baby shampoo and baby wipes. 50 of these packs will also contain $20 Coles gift cards to help with milk, bread, nappies and formula.

IRCF has also partnered with Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Incorporated (CCHAOSI) and CQUniversity to deliver training to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence this week.

The nationally recognised Community Services Training helped 17 participants:

increase skills in responding to domestic violence

build on understanding and knowledge of domestic violence

enhance practice responses to domestic violence

The sessions, delivered by CQUniversity and the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research training professionals, was held on May 16-17 at the Moranbah Community Centre.

"The care packs and training is made possible through funds raised from the 2015 Mayor's Charity Ball to help end domestic violence,” Mayor Baker said.

"Fifty percent of the $39,946 raised was donated to White Ribbon with the remaining being used to support worthwhile initiatives such as thisThis outstanding result would not have been possible with the support of our generous supporters and sponsors.”

For more information contact Barbara Stranks on 0418 512 990.



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