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From the Executive Officer

December 11, 2018

As we head into the festive season, I am constantly reminded of the extraordinary generosity shown by the community to the women and children who we support. Little and large gestures make a very real difference to people who are traumatised having fled violence and find themselves in unchartered territory.

A few examples of kindness spring to my mind: recently the City of Kingston confirmed that rather than staff giving gifts to each other in a Kris Kringle, they are instead donating to Emerge to ensure every woman and child supported by us enjoy a special day. Impact, a volunteer run charity, has once again supported us with Bags of Love for each mum and generously donated to the upcoming women and children’s end of year party.

We thank everyone for their support and thoughtfulness, particularly at this time of year which is usually seen as a special time for families and loved ones to spend together.
Emerge was one of the organisers of the 10th Anniversary of the Walk Against Family Violence held this year on Friday 23 November. Despite the appalling weather, over 2,000 Victorians joined us to remember the countless people who have lost their lives to family violence and to stand with survivors and those who continue to experience family violence. It was a momentous occasion.

The Walk was followed by the Victorian election which saw the Andrews’ Government re-elected emphatically. We congratulate the Government on its election victory, and particularly its commitment to implement all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

We look forward to working with the re-elected government on the detail and implementation of its social policies, and will continue to press for more affordable housing for women and children made homeless because of having to escape family violence.

As you will read in this newsletter, Emerge has much to be proud of – from the impact it achieved last year through to our financial counselling program. None of this could be done without you, our supporters, our staff and volunteers. Thank you.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas however you are spending it, and I look forward to working with you all in 2019.

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