The Courier-Mail

Split puts women at risk

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ONE of the state’s leading domestic violence support groups is closing down after a split between its founding members.

The closure has led to concerns vulnerable women will be left without the vital service.

Assist A Sista, which has establishe­d more than 200 havens for victims of domestic violence and organised donations for those in need, said it would finish up this week.

Founding member Manuela said she was disappoint­ed to have been cut off from the foundation after being asked to leave several weeks ago.

“We are going our separate ways now … our visions are just very different at this stage,” she said.

“There’s no right or wrong, it’s just a matter of not agreeing to certain things.”

Manuela said she hoped to launch a support network for domestic violence victims soon, with former co-founder Nicolle also expected to start one up. BRITTANY VONOW

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