I’m hearing a lot of people talking about the lack of awareness and funding for the frighteningly high domestic violence rates in Australia.
At the height of the media coverage surrounding the execution of the Bali Nine ringleaders, I saw a post circulating on Facebook where a wise woman used the opportunity to point out that on average one Australian life is lost every week as the result of domestic violence and yet these deaths go widely unnoticed. Also, in the frenzy of the 2015 Budget a lot of voices were heard pointing out that Tony Abbott and his government could be quoted repeatedly on a wealth of subjects and yet not at all on the epidemic of domestic violence in our country. It was at this time that The Project’s Waleed Aly took the time to promote the #ShowMeTheMoney “What Will It Take” movement in support of greater funding for domestic violence issues.
One of my biggest ongoing clients is YWCA NSW and in doing a great deal of their design work I’ve had a lot of exposure to Australia’s domestic violence statistics, largely in reference to their fantastic programs fundraising and working to change this problem in our country. If you really want to make a difference, look into YWCA NSW’s ‘Giving Circle’ program and/or any of their other important programs raising awareness and funds for women’s issues.