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02 December 2020

Whilst this year has presented many challenges, there is never an excuse for violence. 

As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women. 

Coinciding with the United Nations 2020 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign from 25th November – 10th December, DOOLEYS recently donated over $10,000 to local programmes which address this serious issue. 

Cultural Diversity Network Incorporated – Focusing on newly arrived migrants and refugee women, DOOLEYS support will go towards the Safety and Security of Vulnerable Women workshops addressing culturally and linguistically diverse women in the Cumberland LGA community.  

Dandelion Support Network – Assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged families from the Cumberland and Parramatta LGA’s. DOOLEYS support will go directly towards financially disadvantaged families and sole parents, including mothers and children escaping domestic violence. 

Stitching Hearts – A patchwork group, devoting and utilising their skills and resources to create quilts and knitted items for distribution. DOOLEYS donation will go towards equipment to ensure Stitching Hearts can continue to provide recipients with a message of warmth, love and care no matter their circumstance. In 2019, Stitching Hearts donated 173 quilts and 213 knitted items to Domestic Violence NSW. 

DOOLEYS also provides any employee at risk with up to 10 ‘Special Leave’ days per calendar year. 

If you or know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can help them feel safe and seek help. 

  • Call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. 
  • If you are hearing impaired, call the National Relay Service on 133 677. 
  • If you can’t call the NSW Domestic Violence Line, you can reach out to 1800RESPECT online. 
  • If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call the Police on Triple Zero [000].

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