One-in-three Australian women are being subjected to domestic violence from the age of 15.
A staggering half a million Australian women per year are victims of domestic violence.
In Western Australia alone there are annually over a dozen deaths attributed to domestic violence.
Australia has not been spared from the rising pandemic of domestic violence. In fact, incidents of domestic violence are at an all-time high, with a surveyed one-in-three Australian women being subjected to domestic violence from the age of 15. This statistic is staggering in its size and truly heartbreaking for what it means to the half a million Australian women per year who are victims of domestic violence. In Western Australia alone there are annually over a dozen deaths attributed to domestic violence, with an almost unbelievable 35,000+ domestic violence incidents visited by police every year.
In a country as economically and educationally developed as Australia, for domestic violence to have such cultural prevalence points to a greater underlying problem. Violence, like an echo, is passed from one person to another, deeply affecting the victim and making them more susceptible to violent behaviour in the future. We see that this not only affects a huge amount of women who are caught in the cycle of domestic violence, but also children, who often repeat the cycle of domestic violence in their own adulthood as a result of their upbringing in an abusive environment.
By partnering the operational resources of The Salvation Army with the fundraising capabilities of Rotary International (Perth), Path Of Hope is able to provide strong, ongoing support to victims of domestic violence. In providing excellent resources, guidance and safe refuge, these two not-for-profit organisations are helping to empower women so that they and their children can regain their lives, and their futures, after the trauma of domestic violence.
The womens refuge offers a unique group of programs and services aimed at assisting women with societal reintegration after they have left the refuge, helping them to build networks, reconnect with the community and end the cycle of domestic violence for themselves and their children. Through Path Of Hope, victims of domestic violence have a bright future away from the heartbreak and pain of their past.