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Sue's bit to stop domestic violence

Supporting Illawarra Women's Health Centre

Illawarra Women's Health Centre

Change the future: youth led prevention of family violence

Last year almost 800 women came to our Centre because of domestic and family violence

As the impact of our national domestic and family violence crisis continues to take its toll on families, I am writing to ask you to support the young people in Warilla and Lake Illawarra who want to change this

Recent research shows, disturbingly, almost one in seven young Australians believe a man would be justified in raping a woman if she initiated sex but changed her mind. Almost one-quarter of young men think women find it flattering to be persistently pursued, even if they are not interested.

Our Change the future program is an opportunity to fix this. We are working with the student leaders of Warilla and Lake Illawarra High Schools to understand student attitudes to domestic and family violence and then together, work to change attitudes that support violence. 

In the same research, 92% of youth participants agreed that it is helpful to have young people leading the learning on respectful relationships.

We are incredibly impressed with the student leaders from these schools. They sit on our Schools Project Steering Committee, and are smart, engaged, prepared, passionate, committed and articulate. They are the future leaders in our community, and they are inspiring. They want to change their community, they want to stop the violence and they have stepped up to work with us, the University of Wollongong, Lake Illawarra Police and Shellharbour City Council to do so.

We need to raise at least $25,000 to implement this project. Your donation will enable us to employ a community development officer to work with the students and to pay the students an honorarium.  The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre will take responsibility for all administration and management costs. 

Can you help, by donating $50? (or $100, or $150??)

Many thanks, as always!