WINTER APPEAL 2016


When a child lives in a home where violence occurs, what they see and hear will likely affect their whole lives.
Your generous gift today will help children like Ella to take the first step to a life free from violence.

Click here to read Ella's Story, or donate through the following methods below.

Ella’s Story*

When Ella* came into safe steps Family Violence Response Centre, she had seen much more anger and pain than any little girl six years of age should ever have to see.

Her mum, Jenna, had endured years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Ella’s dad.

Young mother hugging her daughter, three-year standing soft gaming room

Ella had been forced to stand by, helpless, not knowing what to do, too scared to do anything but hide under her bed and cover her ears each time she heard her mum being hurt. Time and time again…

She had only ever dared to come out from hiding to comfort her mum when she heard the front door slam afterwards. A signal her dad had left the house and things were safe for a time.

Four-year girl draws pencil in a notebook for a side table in the second-class train carriage

When she came into the safe steps’ safe house, Ella didn’t talk much at first. Clearly, still deeply traumatised by the last, final act of violence that was the catalyst for her mum to leave the family home for the safety of safe steps’ safe house.

safe steps’ specialist family violence child practitioner took some time to gently engage with Ella, building a rapport with her based on trust and understanding. She worked one-on-one with the scared little girl helping her to feel safe and comfortable enough to begin to talk about her experiences.

By the end of Ella’s time in the safe house, she was on the path to healing.
She understood the violence was not caused by anything she had done, and that her mum was taking steps to build a new life free from violence for them all.

Four-year girl sitting at a wooden table on the porch, and breakfast

Even when they are not direct targets of abuse, family violence can have a devastating impact on children who witness violence in the home.

More than 50 per cent of the clients accommodated by safe steps are under the age of 18, with the majority of the women coming through the service fleeing violent homes with their children. However, safe steps receives no direct funding for our work with children affected by family violence. Instead, we rely on the generosity of compassionate and caring people such as you to help children and young people who have experienced family violence express and resolve their feelings, giving them strategies to cope with their situation.

Please consider making a gift today to help little ones like Ella.
It could very well be a gift that saves their life.
* Names and details have been changed, and stock images used, to protect the privacy of the women and children we help.

FUNDRAISE for safe steps

Fundraising is a social, fun and rewarding way for schools, workplaces, clubs, community groups and individuals to support the vital work of safe steps.

There are many exciting things you can do to support safe steps – you are only limited by your imagination. You might like to consider:

  • Holding an exhibition
  • Hosting a sausage sizzle, breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning, afternoon or high tea
  • Ask your friends to make a donation in lieu of gifts for that special birthday party
  • Casual Friday day at school or in your workplace
  • Hold a movie night
  • Benefit gig or performance
  • Get your friends, family and friends to hold a garage sale
  • Plan a Gala Ball, Golf Day or Open Garden Party
  • Karaoke or quiz night
  • Bike ride or walkathon
  • Treasure hunt

Your assistance in raising much needed funds and awareness will assist safe steps to continue to provide 24/7 services to support women and children experiencing violence.

How your fundraising efforts will help safe steps

safe steps is the state-wide not-for-profit service for women and children experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner, another family member or someone close to them.

With an ever increasing demand on our services, we need rely on the generosity of supporters like you.

Your fundraising efforts will assist us to provide women and children experiencing family violence with emergency accommodation, 24-hour response support, outreach services, advocacy, referral and information and support services.

It will also enable us to provide care kits containing food, personal care items, clothing, bedding, education resources, transport and many other essential items and services.

For further information on how you can assist or to register your activity please contact us on (03) 9928 9600 or email fundraising@safesteps.org.au

LEAVING a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift (bequest) in your will is a very special way of making a significant contribution to the work undertaken by safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Vic Inc).

If you do not have a will and wish to create one, it is a good idea get legal advice. If you don’t have a solicitor you can contact The Public Trustee in your state or territory.

If you already have a will, then all you need to do is add a codicil – a short legal amendment to your existing will.

If you do not already have a will we suggest you firstly obtain legal advice. This can be done through your solicitor or by contacting the State Trustee in your state.

There is no requirement to inform us of your intention to leave a bequest in your will, however if you have any questions or would like to discuss your intentions please contact the Wills and Bequests manager at safe steps on (03) 9928 9600.

Suggested wording:

Pecuniary Legacy to safe steps for a gift to leave a specific sum of money:

“ I give the sum of $……….. free of all duties and taxes payable at my death(if any) to safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of Treasurer or other authorised officer of safe steps shall be sufficient discharge to my executors for this bequest.” 

Residuary Estate to what remains of your estate or percentage thereof after any specific gifts have been distributed and debts paid:

“ I give the rest and residue of my estate to safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.) for its general purposes free off all duties and taxes payable at my death and I direct that the receipt of Treasurer or other authorised officer of steps family violence response centre shall be sufficient discharge to my executors for this bequest.”

Or:

“I give ……..% of the residue of my estate to safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.) for its general purposes free off all duties and taxes payable at my death and I direct that the receipt of Treasurer or other authorised officer of safe steps family violence response centre shall be sufficient discharge to my executors for this bequest.”

A special gift to safe steps – such as a home or property:

“I give all my share and interest in my home/property known as (insert full address of property), or other my principal house or unit to safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.) at my death absolutely and I direct that the receipt of Treasurer or other authorised officer of steps family violence response centre shall be sufficient discharge to my executors for this bequest.”

Information for your legal representative:

Business Name: safe steps family violence response centre, formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.

Trading Name: safe steps

Postal Address: GPO Box 4396 Melbourne Vic 3001

Phone: (03) 9928 9600   Fax: (03) 9928 9601

Legal Entity: Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012

ABN: 86 138 521 643

Governance: Board of Directors

Australian Tax Office Endorsements: safe steps family violence response centre (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service of Victoria Inc.) is registered as a Public Benevolent Institution and is endorsed for Charity Tax Concessions (TCC) which includes GST concession; Income tax exemption; FBT exemption; the organisation is also registered for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

CORPORATE Opportunities

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre is always looking to partner with corporates, business and community groups to help support our vital work to support women and children experiencing family violence.

There are many opportunities for your organisation to get involved and assist safe steps.

safe steps corporate partnership program establishes long term collaborative partnerships with organisations who want to support our work to prevent and one day eliminate violence against women and their children.

We want to ensure the most productive partnership possible. Corporate partnerships can be tailor-made to meet suit your social responsibility needs.

Why partner with safe steps?

  • By supporting safe steps, your organisation is supporting social change to prevent and eliminate violence against women.
  • safe steps will work with you to design an individual program that fulfils your organisational needs, matches your values and produces the outcomes you want.
  • safe steps has serviced the community for over 30 years and is a respected and trusted organisation.
  • Our communications and fundraising team will work closely with you to develop and grow a strong, long-term relationship.

How you can get involved?

As a corporate or business you can support safe steps through financial assistance and/or in kind support.

Philanthropic gift

Philanthropic organisations achieve results that create real social change. Organisations that want to make their mark in the community can do so by making a generous gift or pledging support over a period of time.

Fundraising in the workplace

Fundraising activities in the workplace are a fun, social way of engaging staff. Activities are only limited by your imagination but can include casual day, barbeques, raffles and morning teas. You might even like to consider matching dollar for dollar the efforts of your staff. After all, the money raised will be going to a very worthy cause.

Sponsorship

safe steps has a number of activities throughout the year that require sponsorship. These activities provide great opportunities to support our work and at the same time, achieve your strategic goals.

In kind donations

safe steps is always in need of services and goods to support our work. Check out our wish list.

If your organisation would like to offer service or goods in kind contact us or if you’d like to partner with safe steps, or have an idea on how you can help, get in touch with our communications and fundraising team on (03) 9928 9600.

We look forward to hearing from you.

WORKPLACE Giving

Workplace Giving (or payroll giving) is a simple, tax-efficient scheme which allows employees to donate to any registered Australian charity of their choice directly from their salary, before tax.

Making a donation through payroll giving will cost you less money, because your donation comes out of your pre-tax salary. You don’t need to keep tax receipts for your annual tax return and it won’t affect your gross income or superannuation.

It doesn’t take much – in fact you probably won’t notice the difference to your pay – but with your ongoing support through Workplace Giving, together we can support many women and children experiencing family violence.

Workplace giving enables you to increase your company’s charitable giving with little cost or effort, and allows you to monitor the funds raised. Many companies match the contributions made by their employees, providing a significant boost to the vital work of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre.

Workplace Giving benefits:

Employees:

  • Provides an immediate tax benefit by reducing your taxable income
  • Removes concerns about record-keeping as donations are recorded on your payslip

Employers:

  • Boosts employee morale by demonstrating good corporate social responsibility.
  • Provides an opportunity to match employee donations to significantly increase the impact Workplace Giving has for women and children experiencing family violence
  • Cost-effective way to build long-term partnerships with charities.
  • Opportunity to further engage with safe steps Family Violence Response Centre through volunteering, community fundraising, sponsorship

Contact our Marketing, Fundraising and Communications Manager on (03) 9928 9613 to learn more about how you can set up an appropriate payroll giving program in your workplace.

EVENTS

SAFEtea for women – High Tea with a Purpose!

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Click here visit the bookings page, or use the form below.

When was the last time you and your closest friends saved a life together?

Come along to the safe steps Family Violence Response Centre ‘SAFEtea for Women’ and help raise vital funds to provide 365 bed nights of emergency accommodation and support for women and children escaping family violence.

Our aim? Women and children safe and supported when they need it most.

When: Sunday 26 June, 2-4pm at the Garden Room at Crown.

What: Great food and good company. Silent auction. Raffle. Entertainment.

Tickets $75 each. Tables of 10 available.

‘SAFEtea for Women’ – High Tea with a purpose.

Bookings form (incompatible with some devices)


safe steps Candlelight Vigil

Join us at Federation Square, Melbourne for safe steps Family Violence Response Centre’s Candlelight Vigil, and light a candle in remembrance of women and children who have lost their lives to family violence.

This annual event occurs the first Wednesday in May, in the lead up to Mother’s Day. It is held simultaneously with other annual vigils held across Australia to remember those who have been killed and to show support for their families, friends and colleagues.

View pictures from the 2016 safe steps’ Family Violence Candlelight Vigil:

Walk Against Family Violence

The United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence. A key aim of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.

View pictures from the 2015 Walk Against Family Violence Melbourne:

Would you like to hold a fundraising event for safe steps? Click here for more information.

SPREAD the Word

Like most charities and organisations safe steps uses social media to engage with the community and share our news and views in our campaign to keep women and children safe from violence. You can help us spread the word that violence of any type is totally unacceptable and is not okay in our community. So join us in taking a stand against family violence.

We welcome your support and if you are interested in our work to please:

Because we have limited resources, we only monitor Facebook and Twitter during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Hours).

Please be aware that our Facebook page is a communications channel and is not monitored by qualified counsellors or community service workers.

If you need assistance, please call our 24/7 Family Violence Response Centre on 1800 015 188.

We welcome you to join the conversation and engage with us online, but ask that you please be respectful at all times.

safe steps is guided online by our values of non violent, empowering, feminist *, ethical and respectful, collaborative, authoritative and evidence based. We also expect our social media followers and friends to respect these values, and we do not tolerate bad language or abusive posts.

* Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, economic equality with men.

OUR Wish List

Wish List – April/May 2016

safe steps supports hundreds of women and children each week who are living in emergency accommodation after escaping family violence.

Your corporate group or organisation could make a huge difference by purchasing some of the regularly needed items listed below for the women and children entering our service:

*Please note we are currently only accepting items that are brand new and not second hand. Unfortunately, due to severe storage limitations, at this time we are unable to accept donations of toiletries and toys, or other items not listed.

Click here to view our Wish List for April/May 2016

Families

  • iPads and Tablets (used, in good working condition is fine) with headphones
  • Unused queen sized sheet sets
  • Unused pillow protectors
  • Gift Cards/Vouchers, Wish Cards, Coles Myer Gift Cards, etc.
  • Cinema Vouchers, Hoyts Cinema
  • Pre-paid phone sim cards. All phone types. – Important that these have internet access.
  • Large Laundry Bags/Large Strip Bags
  • Washing Powder
  • Suitcases

Women

  • Sportswear – sizes 6 to 14
  • Coats – sizes 6 to 14
  • Cotton underwear – sizes 6 to 14
  • Pyjamas – sizes 6 to 14
  • Bras – sizes 8A to 12C
  • Crop Tops – size 6 to 14
  • Long sleeved Tops – size 6 to 14, assorted colours
  • Jumpers – sizes 6 to 8, assorted colours and types
  • Tracksuit pants – sizes 6 to 20
  • Slippers
  • DVDs/Boxsets to be watched by the women in our emergency accommodation
  • Deodorant

Children [boys and girls, ages 5 to 12]

  • Slipper socks, variety of sizes
  • Girls underwear, ages 12 – 16
  • Tracksuit pants, variety of sizes
  • Pyjamas, variety of sizes

Baby & Toddlers

  • Nappies – Mixture of sizes
  • Baby Wipes

Hamper items

  • Coles/Woolworths gift cards for fresh produce
  • Non-perishable food items –to create a meal
  • Breakfast boxes – cereal, long life milk, juice, snack bars, and fruit tubs (check use by dates – as long as possible on items)
  • Coffee, Tea, hot chocolate etc
  • Instant noodles in a cup
  • Pasta and sauces including vegetarian
  • Rice and sauces including vegetarian
  • Couscous, quinoa etc
  • Packet parmesan cheese
  • Biscuits – sweet and savoury
  • Packaged cheese
  • Dried Herbs, other condiments
  • Confectionary but not chocolate please
  • Pancake mix
  • Long-life Milk
  • Jams, honey
  • Tinned fish – in brine and in oil
  • Tinned soups
  • Tinned vegetables – including potatoes, tomatoes, beans, spaghetti
  • Sauces – tomato, bbq, other
  • Salad dressings
  • Spray oil
  • Long life (check dates) taco, burrito warps, salsa, taco mixes, etc
  • Ready to go meals – pasta, rice, etc
  • Halal labelled non-perishable products
  • Kosher labelled non-perishable products
  • Gluten free products
  • Rice – Jasmine, Basmati

To donate any of these items, please contact our office on (03) 9928 9600 or email admin@safesteps.org.au

We will regularly update our wish list for items that are most urgently needed.

VOLUNTEER

Why Volunteer?

In Australia it is estimated that one in four people do some kind of volunteer work.

Volunteers choose to give some of their time to work without payment for the benefit of the community.

If you are passionate about helping others and would like to support the work of safe steps and volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

What are the benefits of volunteering for safe steps?

In helping us you will:

  • Develop your personal skills
  • Gain work experience which may assist you in future job applications
  • Contribute to the community which brings a sense of satisfaction
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun
  • Support a trusted and much respected organisation

Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities will vary throughout the year depending on what activities are planned and what our needs are at the time.   Please note that safe steps staff and volunteers are women, trained to support women and children living with violence and as such we have exemption under Section 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

Examples of opportunities include:

  • Administration
  • Fundraising Events
  • Collection Boxes
  • Community Events
  • Research
  • Driving and Delivering
  • Archiving and Records Management

If you would like further information on volunteering, please call safe steps head office on (03) 9928 9600.

INFO for Students

Workplace or vocational placement provides an excellent practical opportunity for students to apply the theory and skills they have learned in a workplace environment. Working under supervision, students will gain important skills and learnings that may assist them to find suitable future employment on completion of their studies.

The safe steps student placement program has two intakes per year and is suitable for students undertaking courses such as law, social/welfare, community services and psychology.

Criteria for students interested in placement with safe steps include:

  1. There are two student intakes per year – approximately February and August
  2. Minimum placement period is six weeks up to a maximum of 12 weeks but may be longer subject to agreement
  3. Students are encouraged to register their interest online. Registration to include student contact information, details of course and educational or training institution; course coordinator contact and brief explanation of the reason for wanting placement with safe steps.
  4. Applicants will be invited to attend an information session which will be by followed by an interview.
  5. If an applicant is successful, an agreed placement period will be confirmed which will include an induction.
  6. As per the Fairwork Act 2009 (The FW Act), students applying must demonstrate that workplace placement is a requirement of their course as a whole, or of an individual subject or as an elective.
  7. Placement with safe steps can be initiated by the student or the educational/training institution.
  8. As per the FW Act, students undertaking workplace placement will not be employees of safe steps, or be entitled to pay or any other entitlements; nor will they be covered by industrial agreements or awards. This does not apply if a student is offered employment with safe steps.

Student placements are closed until July 16 (2nd semester)

BOOK a Speaker

Looking for a speaker? We’d love to talk to your workplace, group, conference, seminar or workshop on the impact of family violence on individuals, families, community and the economy.

Topics include:

  • What is family violence?
  • What is gender equality?
  • How to recognise family violence?
  • Impact of family violence on individuals, children, families, workplace and the community
  • Respectful relationships
  • Personal experience of family violence
  • How you can help safe steps

Whether delivering a presentation to a high level conference or to a small community, our speakers are trained to give informative, evidence based talks suitable for any target audience. We can tailor a presentation to meet the needs of your group.

Please note workplace training is also available. For further information visit our training section.

Just remember an informative and educational presentation may positively change the life of an individual, child or family; it may even save a life or lives.

If you are interested in booking s speaker, please complete the online form. One of our team will contact you to discuss your inquiry further.

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RESOURCES

TBC. Watch this space.

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