Around one in three Australian women have experienced violence at some point in their lives and one woman a week is killed due to domestic violence.
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held each May to raise awareness of the social and personal impacts of family violence and the support available to those affected.
In the last year, WLS provided at least 3500 instances of advice to women across Queensland thanks to the work of their small staff team and more than 100 volunteer lawyers, support workers and pro bono counsel. Nine out of 10 women assisted by WLS experience domestic violence.
We have provided financial support to help the organisation build its capacity to find further corporate support for its operations.
Natalie Davidson, WLSQ's Fundraising and Network Development Manager, is proud of the partnership with us and encourages other organisations to follow our lead in helping community organisations to grow stronger and improve their capabilities.
"The bank's support has meant that we can obtain the necessary people and resources to further our reach and the amount of support we provide to women in Queensland," said Natalie.
Our Managing Director Damien Walsh said our partnership with WLS is a great way of providing support to the community.
"Corporate organisations can do more to assist community organisations grow stronger so they can provide support to those requiring help.
"We believe that if we can help WLS to strengthen their capacity, more women and children experiencing family violence will get the valuable advice and help that they need to rebuild their lives in a safe manner," said Damien.
Women's Legal Service Queensland (WLS) provides free legal and support services to Queensland women. WLS assists women with family law, child support, domestic violence and child protection advice, as well as providing community legal education.
Find out more about Women's Legal Service Queensland.
For domestic violence crisis counselling, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).