Seven Sisters Retreat to host local open day

The Seven Sisters Retreat Foundation, a facility to engage and empower women and their families who are escaping domestic violence is hosting an open day this Thursday.

Recently established in the Central Goldfields Shire, the not-for- profit organisation Seven Sisters Retreat provides supported accommodation to women and children escaping domestic violence, providing a safe environment, for up to two weeks.

“Originally we had established the facility in the shire as a place for people in the metropolitan areas to escape, however after we started to speak to people in the region, we realised that there is a huge need around this area as there is a high rate of domestic violence,” co- founder and director Carole Payton said.

“We also realised that there was not a lot of options for crisis accommodation in not only the local area, but across regional Victoria.

“The aim of Seven Sisters is to house, engage and nurture women who are escaping violence. We provide crisis accommodation for up to two weeks.”

The facility’s open day will take place from 10 am to 2 pm this Thursday, with members of the community and housing organisations encouraged to attend. For more information contact 5460- 4297.

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line — 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and or sexual assault.

For more on this story see Page 6 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, November 21.

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