Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence food drive suc­cess story

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

A RE­CENT food drive to sup­port women flee­ing do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence this Christ­mas was a huge suc­cess.

Woman em­pow­er­ing Woman co-founder Marissa Botes teamed up with Two Butch­ers and the Spring­field Mo Men to run the food drive and help raise aware­ness for White Rib­bon Day.

Ms Botes who has ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence said she un­der­stood just how much a ham­per would help those women and chil­dren flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence this Christ­mas.

“I have been in a po­si­tion where I didn’t have food, for my daugh­ter or my­self,” she said.

Five shop­ping trol­leys full of non-per­ish­able food items, toi­letries and even Christ­mas presents were dropped off at Two Butch­ers at Orion Spring­field Cen­tral and then dis­trib­uted to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

Two Butch­ers co-owner Steve McMen­i­man said the busi­ness was proud to sup­port White Rib­bon Day.

“It’s a si­lent killer here in Aus­tralia and through­out the world both emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally,” Mr McMen­i­man said.

Ms Botes said she was over­whelmed with the sup­port.

She re­cently launched Woman Em­pow­er­ing Woman as a busi­ness to sup­port char­i­ties who work to help women and chil­dren as well as com­bat do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual abuse, men­tal health is­sues, sui­cide, the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights and chil­dren.

The do­mes­tic and sex­ual abuse sur­vivor wants peo­ple to know “it’s OK not to be OK”.

“I’ve been through sex­ual as­sault, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sui­cide, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and trauma,” she said dur­ing char­ity fundraiser re­cently.

“I know how it feels to be scared, to suf­fer silently through anx­i­ety to the point where your body gives in.

“I know es­pe­cially how hard it is to reach out. No mat­ter how much has been stripped away from you, don’t take your own life away.”

If you need help con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14.

Photo: Carly Mor­ris­sey

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Two Butch­ers own­ers Ken Kear­ney and Steve McMen­i­man with Marissa Botes.

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