Abuse victims provided new storage access

NORTHERN Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (NADVS) has thanked two local community groups for combining forces to provide much-needed storage facilities for their clients.

Gawler Apex Club has provided NADVS with access to, and funding for, a shed that it can use to store the belongings of local domestic violence victims, as they try to exit violent relationships and seek alternative accommodation.

The idea for the Apex Club to donate one of its sheds to the local service was initially suggested by Zonta Club of Gawler president Chris Frick, who’d heard about the need to fill the shortage of storage facilities.

NADVS program manager Emily Adcock thanked both organisations for working together to provide the facilities, and said it was “immeasurable, in terms of what it means for our women and children”.

“For some clients that have been through domestic violence, women and children on average might have to leave eight times before they can safely make that exit from the relationship,” Ms Adcock said.

“A big part of that, each time, is about re-establishing their lives, including their belongings.

“Yes, sometimes furniture can be replaced for some members of the community, but, for these women and children, that might be all that they have left.

“This could be the difference between them leaving and staying in a relationship, and just that ease of mind, in terms of having to start all over again, they can focus on recovering from the domestic violence.”

Ms Frick said it was a “wonderful outcome” for everyone involved, and explained the collaboration started through a conversation she’d had with Gawler Apex Club member Mario Romano.

“We were already thinking of ways that we could support the group and it just happened that I was at an Apex handover dinner, on the same table as Mario, and I said, ‘well, what about your sheds?’,” she said.

Mr Romano then tabled the suggestion with Apex Club members, who were more than happy to support the concept.

After struggling to find government funding to help provide the facility, Apex Club members then decided to commit the required funds themselves.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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