Project Description

Fast Facts

Domestic Violence

Our whole of family approach seeks to end domestic & family violence through the provision of:

  • Housing accommodation for women & children
  • Men’s Behaviour Change Programs
  • Counselling & group support programs
  • No interest loans for women
women & children received housing accommodation
men completed the Men’s Behaviour Change Program
in No
Interest Loans
women completed group support programs

Highlights From The Year

The Halo Ball

Our second Halo Ball saw growth in both guest numbers and funds raised, as we celebrated the courage and resilience of women and their children, while raising much needed funds for those women who are impacted by the national epidemic that is domestic and family violence.

Over 480 social influencers and guests attended, raising just over $139,000. The night featured Channel Nine’s Deborah Knight as MC and entertainment from Ricki-Lee, the Police Rock Band and The Newtones, an a cappella group from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.

Special guest of the evening was undoubtedly BaptistCare’s long-term client, Mary*, whose personal story highlighted the ongoing need for vital frontline services for women and children who are living in pain and seeking to escape and rebuild their lives, free from violence, fear and control.

The Halo Ball is again confirmed for 2018, to be held on Friday 4 May at Doltone House – Darling Island in Sydney.

*Name changed

First Tara’s Angel Released

The Tara Costigan Foundation (TCF), in partnership with BaptistCare, announced the launch of the first Tara’s Angel during its Ladies Lunch Garden Party in Canberra in October, with the first Angel deployed by BaptistCare on 1 November 2016.

The Tara’s Angel caseworker service is helping victims of domestic and family violence to rebuild their lives by providing personalised case management support for up to two years.

Working with survivors after the post-crisis care period, the Angel is delivering a valuable support system that helps clients who have suffered years of abuse to build self-esteem, a strong mind and independence, while also assisting in areas such as improving economic literacy, securing employment and housing support.

White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

In our ongoing commitment to address domestic and family violence in our communities, we were accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace, at both our Head Office and all Community Services sites.

We were one of only 20 Australian organisations to be accredited in 2016 and one of only 107 organisations in total as at July 2017.

As part of the rigorous White Ribbon accreditation process, we proved we are an organisation taking action to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Our strong collaborative approach to prevent violence against women, and solid policies and processes to support and educate staff were commended in the accreditation process. The accreditation process is now being widened to include our aged care operations.

National Family Violence Summit

BaptistCare and The Tara Costigan Foundation (TCF) joined forces to present the second National Family Violence Summit to address the growing issue of family and domestic violence in Australia.

Taking place in Canberra from 28 February to 1 March 2017, the grassroots event saw domestic violence survivors, services providers, thought leaders and change makers gather together to share their experiences and collectively develop a roadmap to end domestic and family violence.

The Summit featured our own domestic violence specialists, as well as keynote speeches from teenage family violence survivor Yazmin “Yazzie” Campbell; author and family violence survivor, Rebecca Poulson; Founder of Justice for Nikita Chawla, Tarang Chawla; and Young Australian of the Year 2016 (South Australia) Arman Abrahimzadeh, co‐founder of Zahra Foundation Australia.

Related Stories

Mary’s Story

“I survived to show that a mother’s love can’t be destroyed”