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Zahra Foundation Australia
What does this organisation do?
Zahra Foundation Australia is a South Australia based charity supporting women and children affected by domestic and family violence. Financial abuse and disadvantage is one of the biggest barriers to women leaving and remaining free of violence and abuse and so we aim to address this in a number of ways. We develop and deliver programs that promote the economic empowerment of women. Our Pathways to Empowerment program is a trauma informed, 9 week program that creates pathways for women into further education and employment. We also distribute small grants to women through our "Opportunity Knox" program. These grants assist women and their children, who have been affected by domestic violence, with any costs associated with entering education or employment, reducing the barriers for them to become financially independent.
People affected by domestic or family violence or abuse
We all expect to be treated with respect and fairness by our partners and in our families. Yet domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44. Children exposed to domestic or family violence are at increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties.
Communities experiencing locational disadvantage
Where people live affects their access to social and economic opportunities and therefore their relative advantage or disadvantage. Some South Australian communities have entrenched disadvantage.