Dear Editor,

It seems the unprecedented times don’t end - just as we start to recover from one hard-hitting event another strikes.

However, it’s not just the direct economic and physical impacts of fires, floods, and pandemics that communities are left facing but the flow-on effects - one of those sadly being the ‘shadow pandemic’, the increase in family and domestic violence that’s destroying lives.

Occasions of family and domestic violence have increased in the past 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic on family life. Reportedly one in four women in Australia will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, with family and domestic violence being the largest cause of women and children becoming homeless in Australia.

Family and domestic violence can happen to all people from all walks of life. We want to take this moment to remind people that there is hope and help available.

The Salvation Army is committed and passionate about meeting people in their time of need. We care deeply for the welfare of Australians and want people to know that they do not have to suffer in silence.

The Salvation Army offers a holistic, multi-service approach that includes essentials like food and accommodation, as well as key financial and employment services - and that’s why our Red Shield Appeal is so vital this year.

We don’t want anyone to be left in need, trapped or alone, so we’re asking for the support of the Australian community as we launch our Red Shield Appeal to fund crucial services, including our family and domestic violence services.

If there is one thing for certain, whether we’re in unprecedented times or not, it’s that Aussies are there for each other in times of need. We’ve seen it time and time again - we hope this year will be no different.

To receive support, volunteer, or donate, visit www.salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). Please note - there is a ‘quick exit’ button available for information on our family and domestic violence services. Together, let’s leave no one in need.

Yours sincerely
Major Bruce Harmer
The Salvation Army Australia National Public Relations Secretary

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