• Tony Bosworth

Women’s Cottage calls for more funds as domestic violence continues to climb

Last year, The Women’s Cottage handled 4000 incidents of family domestic violence, and its manager says they are ‘bursting at the seams’ so not surprisingly the Richmond-based operation is looking for more funding to allow them to increase their services and help more people.

MP Susan Templeman and The Women’s Cottage Manager Maria Losurdo are urging local individuals and organisations to donate to the fundraiser to build an extension for the service

The Cottage has managed to get a $75,000 State Government grant and is looking to match the funding to build a new extension so the team can see more women, run more groups, and have a safer area for children to play.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman is getting behind the push for more funds and is urging locals to help too.

“The Women’s Cottage is the only local specialist domestic family violence service supporting women at any stage of their experience with DV,” Ms Templeman says.

“For nearly 40 years The Women’s Cottage has been providing these much-needed services to local women, and demand has been increasing every year.

“I was really pleased to donate money to this fundraiser in lieu of sending out last year's Christmas cards, and I’d urge individuals, local businesses and groups to help them achieve their goal.

“All donations big and small will make a big difference to help bring safety and support to so many that the team assists every year,” said the MP.

The Women’s Cottage Manager, Maria Losurdo, said they had helped in more than 4000 instances last year alone.

“Demand for our services has been going up for a very long time and we are bursting at the seams,” Ms Losurdo said.

“This extension will give us a new, bigger group room, more counselling rooms and a kids’ space, so we can run more groups and see more women.

“Gendered violence has been a significantly worsening problem everywhere, and in the Hawkesbury that’s been exacerbated by drought, bushfires, Covid and floods,” said Ms Losurdo.

“The Women’s Cottage is part of the fabric of the Hawkesbury and this fundraiser is the chance for our community to join us in our support of local vulnerable women and children.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit https://gofund.me/f368f011

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