Gadens takes positive steps in fighting domestic violence

 
Gadens Brisbane has enhanced its long-standing support of the Women’s Legal Service by committing $75,000 over the next three years to garner much needed corporate support for front-line service delivery.
 
The commitment was announced at a cocktail reception held at Gadens’ Brisbane offices, attended by circa 150 high-profile guests including Queensland’s Premier, Chief Justice, Attorney General, Court of Appeal President, the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and other legal, corporate and community leaders. 


Pictured (from L-R): Associate Professor Rachael Field, President of Women's Legal Service, Premier Campbell Newman, Paul Spiro, Gadens Brisbane Chairman, the Hon Jarrod Bleijie, Attorney-General and Natalie Davidson, Women's Legal Service.

The Women’s Legal Service is a Queensland-based Community Legal Centre.  Both face-to-face and through a rural help line, the service provides free legal advice and information to women, particularly victims of domestic violence and broken relationships.
 
The Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, and Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie, also announced substantially increased public funding of the service. 

Gadens Brisbane Chairman, Paul Spiro, said that crisis support work could not be funded solely by governments.  “At Gadens, we believe in making real commitments to the organisations we support and to forging long-term partnerships, particularly in tough times when support is most needed. 

“We would like to build a wider group of corporate supporters to join us on the journey of securing better outcomes for Queensland women”, Mr Spiro said. 

Gadens will continue to support Women’s Legal Service in other ways, such as through staff involvement and its recent donation of computers to assist in service delivery. 

For more information on some of Gadens’ other community and sustainability commitments, please click here
 

Some important facts

  • 1 in 3 women will experience physical violence.
  • 1 in 4 children have witnessed violence against their mother or stepmother. 
  • Women in rural areas face additional risk due to isolation, lack of services and prevalence of firearms.
  • Aboriginal women are up to 45 times more likely to be victims of family violence.
  • Family violence affects the victim’s capacity to work and their financial independence.
  • Women’s Legal Service helps over 5,000 Queensland women each year in times of crisis.