WSSSA relies on donations and the generosity of our community to provide our services. Most importantly, we rely on donations to help the women and children in our care.
Many women are forced to flee violent relationships with nothing, and find themselves needing to make many expensive purchases as they rebuild their lives. This includes new clothes, necessities for their children, groceries, fuel, furniture and hiring a moving truck.
Donations to WSSSA can help support women in this difficult transitory period by giving them the choice to buy what they need. All of our donations are tax deductible and we accept them in many ways.
Vouchers and gift cards
One of the best ways you can support the women in our care is by helping them reach financial autonomy. You can do this by purchasing gift cards to supermarkets or the movies, bus tickets or passes to the local swimming pool. Giving a woman the ability to provide outings for her children or to shop for her own groceries is both empowering and rewarding.
Second hand goods
We receive a lot of requests asking about the donation second hand goods. While we appreciate this, we are unable to take them due to our limited storage options. However, we encourage you to have a garage sale and donate the profits, or to donate them to another charitable organisation like Second Chances SA or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Often it is family, friends and colleagues who are the first to recognise that their loved one is being abused.
We all have the power to support people experiencing domestic violence.
You can help by:
- Letting the person know that it is not their fault
- Listening and encouraging a conversation, while also letting them know support is out there
- Ask them if they feel safe and help come up with strategies to enhance their safety
- Connect them with appropriate services, such as the Domestic Violence Crisis Line (1800 800 098) or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- Spport them even if they decide not to leave
As a community we can do some simple things to address the gender inequality that lies at the heart of domestic inequality.
- Challenge gender inequity when we see it
- Challenge gender stereotypes
- Challenge sexist language and language that condones violence against women
- Become a White Ribbon Ambassador
- Make sure information is available in our workplaces, schools, gyms and sporting clubs that provide information about domestic violence and support services such as 1800RESPECT