Below you will find a list of local Women’s Domestic Violence support services to donate to during the 16 Days of Activism. This is a direct way to assist women and children experiencing and escaping domestic violence.
Local Refuges for Women and Children
1. New and near new clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all ages and for children and teens (male and female) from 0 to 17.
2. Toiletries – Sanitary items, toilet paper and tissues, shampoo and conditioner, soap and shower gel, deodorant (including teenage boys), toothpaste, toothbrushes (adults and kids), moisturiser, sunscreen, lip balm and tissues.
3. Laundry Products – Plastic laundry baskets and powder, softener, dishwashing liquid, scourers and sponges, cleaning products, dustpan and brush, broom, toilet brush, paper towel.
4. Gift Vouchers – $10 – $50 for Big W, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles
5. Baby Goods – Baby shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush & toothpaste, soap or wash, breast pads, newborn nappies, disposable nappy bin bags, baby wipes, dummies, nappy rash cream etc. Actual nappy bags are in full demand too.
Please ensure all items are in good condition.
Got Your Back Sista provides benevolent relief to women and children escaping domestic violence and are at risk of living below the poverty line. Their vision is to see women and their children happy, thriving and living independently after escaping the trauma of domestic violence.
They work directly with domestic violence services and refuges to provide:
- Assistance with sourcing and providing household items, household and personal starter-packs, clothing and furniture for women that are moving from a refuge to independent living.
- Volunteers to help women and children who have escaped DV to set-up their new, safe home.
- Workshops, one-on-one counselling and a mentor program to help women with their emotional well-being and to thrive.
You can make a financial donation here. They also take donations of grocery gift cards, new household items like toasters, linen and blankets, and new clothing.
Survivor’s R Us is a not-for-profit charity and benevolent institution that supports the fight against domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment.
They provide counselling services, maintain a discount food warehouse and have an op-shop which sells both pre-loved items as well as items that are made on-site by volunteers. They also supply dignity bags, children’s toys and household furniture for families who have nothing or have lost everything. All money received in sales and donations goes directly back into the day-to-day running of the charity. Buy tickets for the Survivor’s R Us Christmas Raffle. Tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5, 7 for $10 or book for $30. You can donate items to the op shop while you’re there.
Hunter Women’s Centre is a non-government, not-for-profit, community based organisation providing services to improve the health and well-being of women in the Hunter. The centre is run by women for women and has been operating for over 40 years.
The Hunter Women’s Centre offers counselling and a variety of groups and workshops designed to provide resources, support, information and strategies to support women in addressing issues that are impacting on their lives – including topics such as domestic violence, self esteem, communication, assertiveness and personal boundaries.
The Newcastle 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women Campaign is made possible due to support from the University of Newcastle’s Gender Research Network and City of Newcastle’s Social Inclusion Grants Program.