High Tea ‘Domestic & Family Violence Prevention’ Newcastle

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Date(s) - 14/05/2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Merewether Surfhouse


The Newcastle Chapter of WLANSW invites you to join them at this fundraiser hosted by Friends With Dignity, supporting victims of domestic and family violence.

A few statistics from Domestic Violence NSW:
– In NSW there are approximately 2,500 reports of domestic violence to the police every month – but this likely represents only 40% of actual incidents due to underreporting (NCOSS, 2020).
– 1 in 4 Australian women (23.0%) has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner since age 15 (ABS, 2017).
– On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner (Australian Domestic and Family Violence Review Network, 2018)
– Almost 10 women a day are hospitalised for assault injuries perpetrated by a spouse or domestic partner (AIHW, 2019).

On average it costs an Australian woman $18,000 and 141 hours to leave a violent relationship. Not to mention the emotional and mental toll as well.

Join the amazing team of FWD volunteers and special guests  for a fabulous afternoon to help us raise critical funding and awareness during May ‘Domestic & Family Violence Prevention’ month. Your ticket includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, a decadent high tea, fashion, guest speakers, raffles, auction and a whole lot of fun!

MC: Matthew Parsons is an educator, researcher and advocate for LGBTQ family and domestic violence and those with intellectual disability. He is also Producer/Director of the highly successful and innovative educational theatre piece ‘My Other Closet the Cabaret’.

Speakers panel:
Pauline Wright, Partner Principal of P J Donnellan & Co Solicitors. An advocate and inspiration for women, Pauline remembers the domestic violence case, where the victim was accused of murder despite acting in self-defence, that changed her, and strengthened her passion for the criminal justice system.
Lyndal Gowland, Principal Solicitor of Gowland Family Lawyers, specialising in advocating for women’s rights in the family law jurisdiction. A survivor of domestic violence herself, Lyndal’s career has been dedicated to increasing women’s access to justice, with a particular focus on the needs of women from politically isolated communities.
Suellyn Moore, Manager and Tracy Rodgers, Aboriginal Focus Worker,
Newcastle Womens Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.
They will provide a perspective of the difficulties of women, particularly Aboriginal or from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, navigating the justice system in relation to Domestic and Family Violence.

Venue: Merewether Surfhouse.

Please click here to register. Please click here for the flyer with further details.

Tickets $89 or Tables of 10  $850.


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