Support Karinya House – Mother’s Day Ball, Friday 8 May

6 May 2015

Photo by Torsten Mangner on flickrBy Amelia Bidgood, YWCA Canberra member

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported in 2006 that one in three women over the age of 15 have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence. This year, we have already seen a number of women killed as a result of intimate partner violence, and we know that it’s time for change.

Karinya House is a community-based organisation that provides supported accommodation, transitional housing and outreach services to pregnant and parenting women and their families who are in crisis. The service operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis and is located in the ACT.

Karinya House supports women from Canberra and surrounding regional areas and is the only residential and outreach service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region.

In the 2014 financial year, Karinya House provided residential support to 46 pregnant and parenting women and 34 of their babies and children. The team at Karinya house also provided further casework and outreach support to 448 clients and one-off assistance to 99 women.

Karinya was unable to provide accommodation to 183 women. Women that Karinya cannot accommodate are always offered outreach support. These are just some statistics from the 2013/14 Annual Report:

  • 48% of Karinya’s Clients were homeless on referral
  • 66% were aged 25 years and younger
  • 25% had drug and/or alcohol issues
  • 52% women presented with mental health issues
  • 43% women presented with health issues
  • 60% women reported domestic violence
  • 7% of women had an intellectual disability
  • 30% identified from a culturally and linguistically diverse background;
  • and 11% identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

In order to be able to help and support more women in the Canberra region, Karinya House is hosting a Mother’s Day Ball on Friday 8 May and you are invited.

The ball will be held at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Phillip and tickets are $100 each. Money raised from the Ball will help fund the expansion of Karinya House’s services with the construction of a new purpose build facility that is currently underway.

For booking and further information contact Jackie Gallagher on 0438 442 297 or via email at

You can also support YWCA Canberra’s Respect NOW campaign to create a world where women and their children are safe from violence. Sign the petition today.

Find out more about Karinya House through their website and Facebook.

Image: Torsten Mangner via Creative Commons

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