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Kara House celebrates 40 years

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On the 16 October, Kara House celebrated 40 years of empowering and supporting women and children escaping family violence. To mark the important occasion we held an evening event at Box Hill Town Hall. On the night, we were delighted to be joined by current and past staff, former Management Committee members, our donors and supporters and well as members of the local community. CR Andrew Davenport Mayor of the City of White horse, Robert Clark MP for Box Hill, CR Tina Liu and CR Bill Bennett all came to lend heir support. Master of Ceremonies, Comedian and Heath Advocate Nelly Thomas kept those attending laughing while beautifully expressing the sentiment and the importance of the work of Kara House. Firstly, the Chair of the Management Committee, Margaret Morrissey welcomed the guests and spoke of the excitement and significance of Kara House turning 40. The City of Whitehorse has provided ...

New kitchen through the kindness of Rotary.

In January this year, we were able to install a brand new kitchen in the Kara House refuge thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Clubs of Mont Albert & Surrey Hills (MASH), Monash and the Whitehorse Rotaract Club. The kitchen is the central point of the refuge where our clients cook food, feed their children and meet with others in similar circumstances. The old 1970’s kitchen was in disrepair and we believed a new kitchen would greatly improve their experience while in our care. Every year Rotary MASH partner with the local community to assist or raise funds for local projects. Last year we approached Rotary MASH with our wish to replace the old kitchen at Kara House. Rotary MASH was immediately on board and approached other Rotary Clubs and the Rotaract Club to participate in the project. When the Rotary Club of Monash and the Whitehorse Rotaract ...

Joining with our supporters to celebrate International Women’s Day.

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th Kara House attended the Women In Rotary Breakfast with a group of our favourite supporters and advocates. The primary objective of the event is to celebrate women’s achievements on the road to gender equality. A discussion panel of representatives of the media, Alfred Hospital, Police Force and a local school discussed the event topic “Today’s girls – tomorrow’s leaders”. Those in attendance were Lucy and Alex from Donvale Chiropractic Centre, who year after year gift us toys and clothing at Christmas, and Joy Gibson and Kelly Quirk from Box Hill Institute who have assisted with fundraising in the past year. Dr Angela Spinney and Christine Hayes also attended from Swinburne University who advocate and provide corporate volunteering for Kara House. They joined our Chairman Margaret Morrissey, members of the Management Committee and Kara House team for breakfast. It was a wonderful chance ...

Family Violence Support Group featured in the Whitehorse Leader.

Starts February 14. To find out more or book a place contact Kara House on 1800 900 520 or email admin@karahouse.org.au As featured the Whitehorse Leader on Monday 29 February, the group is an education and support group for women who have experienced family violence. The primary aim is to educate and facilitate group discussions with a focus on wellbeing via relaxation activities like massage and art therapy. The group is facilitated by specialist family violence support workers who have experience in counselling. Partnering with Carrington Health, the Family Violence Support Group starts February 14 from 10am to 12pm in the Box Hill area. The sessions run for 6 weeks, free childcare is available by prior arrangement and morning tea will be served.

Joining in the fun at Midsumma Festival 2018

The Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. Held annually since 1988 it is the largest celebration of gay and lesbian culture and art; including performing arts to music, sports to film. The Midsumma Community Day on January 14th kicked off the 3-week festival and Kara House team joined in the fun manning our stall in the community hub. The team handed out gift bags containing pens, badges and wristbands and information brochures. By talking and fielding questions with the community the team was able to spread awareness of family violence within the LGBTI community and the support that Kara House provides to those who are experiencing family violence. Kara House is a specialist family/domestic violence service which provides crisis accommodation and outreach support for women and children who have been impacted by family/domestic ...

Kara House supports Walk Against Violence 2017 march in Melbourne CBD

The streets of Melbourne CBD were transformed into a sea of orange for the annual Walk Against Violence on November 22nd. The team from Kara House joined countless other organisations and individuals who came together to march through the CBD and end in Federation square for speeches and entertainment. The yearly event is one of many events which are part of the “16 Days of Activism”. The Walk Against Family Violence began in 2009 by a committee of family violence services, local council and Victoria police in the southern region to raise community awareness of family violence and its impact within the community. The purpose of the walk is to break the silence on family violence, and hopefully each year the walk builds that the public is encouraged to stand up against family violence and speak out. Family violence is a problem for all of society and we all have ...

Kara House contributing to The Royal Commission into Family Violence

Kara House, as a specialist family violence service, contributed a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria that is currently underway. Kara House, along with other services in the family violence sector is uniquely placed to provide informed comment to the Royal Commission. Chaired by the Honourable Marcia Neave AO, formerly Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria and with the support of Deputy Commissioner Patricia Faulkner AO and Deputy Commissioner Tony Nicholson, the Royal Commission is charged with inquiring into and reporting on how Victoria’s response to family violence can be improved.   A report with practical recommendations to stop family violence will be presented to government by Monday, 29 February 2016.        . The Royal Commission has already undertaken reviews of written submissions, community consultations, stakeholder and expert round-tables and gathered research from site visits and data and documentation provide by key agencies. The Royal Commission is ...

PwC Foundation Upgrades Children’s Play Area

Kara House has recently undergone some well-needed upgrades to its children’s play area.  After some wild weather a couple of years back the shade sail covering the play area was lost, leaving no coverage or protection from sun for the children utilising the area.  The ground covering was also hardened after many years of use, and the cubby house needed some repairs. An upgrade to the area with replacement of the shade sail was identified as a key requirement for the refuge by the Kara House Development Committee in 2014.  Kara House reached out to the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Foundation, who kindly volunteered to help raise the money to support the required upgrades. The play area has now had its new shade sail installed, with the ground covered in soft mulch.  Repairs to the cubby house have also taken place.  The difference has been significant and the residents of the Kara ...

Ladies Golf Day at Box Hill is a win for Kara House!

Thanks to the generosity of the ladies of Box Hill Golf Club, the lives of women and children seeking safety and refuge at Kara House has been made a little more comfortable. In February this year, the Ladies Charity Committee chose Kara House as one of their beneficiaries.  Since that time, we have been fortunate to receive much needed donations of linen, towels and bedding. We now have enough linen, towels and sheets to support our clients throughout 2015 and beyond. On 13 April, the ladies of Box Hill Golf Club held their annual fundraising day, resulting in funds raised of $5400 for Kara House. We are very grateful for this support, which will go towards supporting women and children so disadvantaged by family violence. A big thank you to the ladies’ President, Myra Fisher, the Ladies Charity Committee, Box Hill Golf Club and the 112 ladies from 22 golf ...

Welcome and Chair’s Message

Hello and Welcome to Kara House Inc.’s Website. With the prevalence of domestic violence on the increase, the Management Committee of Kara House felt the necessity to increase the Community awareness of this most important organisation. By developing this website we hope it will give us a higher profile in the Community, particularly via the internet, for easy accessibility and a quick release button to ensure anonymity for users.   This increasingly important service is offered to women and their children, experiencing violence and fear in the one place they should feel safe and secure, in their home. Kara House has been offering refuge to women and children for over 35years. Initially it was started by the Italian community group Co.As.It., as a refuge for Italian women. Today, Kara House offers support to all cultures and nationalities, as domestic violence is not selective. Kara House Refuge can only house 5 women ...