Hands Up For First Nations People

First Nations people are disproportionately represented in the justice system, making up 27% of those in our correctional facilities. What’s worse is that First Nations women are 34 times more likely to experience family violence than non-First Nations women in Australia. That is why we support Close the Gap Target 13 to reduce family violence against First Nations women by 50% by 2031.

Do you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or the surrounding? Are you or someone you know experiencing elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation? Call TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au to see how we can support you.

CALLING FOR ACTION

CALLING FOR ACTION – As a part of the global effort – ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign – TASC Legal and Social Justice Services dedicated November to stand up for people in domestic violence situations. The international campaign was launched to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

TASC staff were inspired to play their part by embracing the theme ‘Orange the World: End violence against women now!’ So, to show our support staff wore their best orange outfits at our offices in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Roma.

In addition to this, our CEO Frances Klaassen wanted to highlight the seriousness that was emphasised in a recent ABC article (you can read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/…/housing-crisis-curbs…/100652334).

CEO Frances Klaassen OAM said that as an organisation who are part of a network of organisations assisting women and families experiencing domestic violence it is important we all do our part to raise awareness and be active.

“Our solicitors and advocates see firsthand the effect domestic and family violence has on an individual and their family members,” Ms. Klaassen said.

“We have been working to increase awareness and create cohesive and accessible responses to assist those impacted by family violence. The housing crisis in Queensland means women and children cannot access a safe haven and may be faced with the forced choice of taking the risk and staying or returning to an unsafe home while they wait for an alternate option. We need action now, from local, State, and Federal governments to ensure that we have safe secure longer-term options for housing as part of an effective response system for women and children. Everyone has the right to a safe place to call home!”

As a leading regional community legal and social justice organisation, TASC supports families to find their feet and often helps women with domestic violence and family law matters.

Learn more about how you can help here: https://un-women.medium.com/take-action-10-ways-you-can

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