This could be your sister. Your daughter. Or your friend.
And the Penrith region is not immune. Between October 2016 to September 2017 there were 1,094 incidents of domestic violence reported.(2) This does not take into account the incidents that go unreported, which can be as many as 70% of incidents.
They need a safe haven. But we need your help to provide that haven.
The Haven - Nepean Women’s Shelter is a volunteer-led organisation that relies on non-government assistance. It provides up to 3 months crisis accommodation and transitional support for up to 6 women and their children experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.
breaking the cycle of domestic violence
Women experiencing DV have endured physical, verbal and emotional abuse, they have lived in fear, been kept in isolation, battled low self-esteem and a lack of family, community and financial support.
Women and children experiencing DV need you. With your belief in them, you give them the courage they need to leave and break the cycle of domestic violence.
People often wonder why woman don’t leave sooner. The fact of the matter is it’s a violent cycle of ongoing abuse with six phases:
Your assistance is instrumental in rebuilding these women’s confidence so they can regain control of their lives.
- It takes $500,000 a year to run The Haven.
- 50% of this we receive from Women’s Community Shelters.
- The remainder? We rely on volunteering, fundraising and community help from people like you.
We’re asking for your help. This is our community, and these are our women and children.
$100 will keep a woman and her child safe for 48hrs.
Ways to help
If you are strapped for time your donation will provide a safe haven for these women to rebuild their confidence and regain control of their lives. You are instrumental and influential in becoming a change maker within our community.
If you are a local organisation, then consider a strategic partnership with the Haven. This can deliver results for your company including brand building, extra PR, a morale booster for employees who want to make a difference, the opportunity to meet social responsibility objectives, as well as the acquisition of new customers or an increase in sales. We recognise that every organisation has its own strategic objectives, audiences and visions for the future. Our partnerships start with exploring common ground and developing initiatives that work for everyone; your company, the Haven, your customers, and our supporters.
Click here for more information about our partnership options.
Did you know 75% of women are more inclined to buy products/services that support a charity?
Become a Champion
Champions of The Haven is an initiative for local small to medium sized businesses who want to donate much needed funds to support The Haven on an ongoing basis. As a Champion you agree to donate $1,000 each year for a 3 year period (totalling $3,000 over the 3 years). In exchange you get to promote your business as a Champion of The Haven with a special logo.
If you love to host an event you can use your influence within our community to provide the means to empower and inspire women to rebuild their lives with dignity and provide a safe haven for them and their children.
Get started by creating your own fundraising event today. There are hundreds of ways to engage your community to raise awareness around domestic violence and raise funds for the Haven.
This includes a gala ball, bike ride, fun run, music concert, trivia quiz, arts and crafts fair, film night, fashion show, talent contest, sponsored event at school or work, treasure hunt … the only thing limiting you is your imagination.
If you have time or talent that you believe could help the Haven, please get in touch. We are always looking for help with the day to day running of the shelter and with fundraising events. Or if you are a retiree or professional who is willing to offer services pro-bono please get in contact.
Wills & Bequests
A bequest, or legacy, can be the most important gift you ever give. By remembering the Haven in your Will you are ensuring the future safety of vulnerable women, and their children, by helping provide additional and much needed crisis accommodation. Leaving a legacy for vulnerable women is an amazing thing to do and we thank you for thinking of us. We do advise that you seek qualified expert assistance from a lawyer when putting your Will together.
To be certain your bequest reaches the Haven, it is important to use our full legal name and include our Australian Charity Number as shown below:
The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter Incorporated
ABN: 80 396 840 158
(1) Australian Institute of Criminology 2013
(2) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013