Gold Coast charity receives funding boost to help domestic violence victims

A GOLD Coast charity supporting families affected by domestic violence will soon have two new cars to help get essential household items to women and children who have fled violent homes.

It’s all thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Dignity First Fund, which was established in 2016 with the aim of helping people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

RizeUp Limited’s Starting Over – Safe Homes After Leaving Abuse program provides essential household goods to women and children who have fled violent situations in an effort to help them settle in to a safe new home.


The Gold Coast charity, which also provides families with food and school items, received a generous $157,490 in round 2 of the $2.5 million Dignity First fund.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said many women who flee domestic violence situations can take very few possessions with them, making the prospect of starting a new home from scratch daunting.

“There are so many items in the average home that you take for granted, until you reach for something and it isn’t there,” Ms Fentiman said.

“RizeUp provide all kinds of household items like furniture, linen, and utensils to help women and children settle in to their new home.

“This funding means volunteers will have two new vehicles to transport household items to women and families who have made the brave decision to flee violent homes.

“I am so pleased that the Dignity First Fund is supporting RizeUp to support women in this way.”

A volunteer support coordinator will also be funded for three days a week for 12 months through the Dignity First Fund.

Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Dignity First Fund was designed to encourage innovative, non-traditional ideas to help people experiencing homelessness through the hard times.

“The Fund has proven how much difference you can make with a good idea, a lot of heart and a little money,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Dignity First Fund has already brought some fantastic ideas to life.

“Young people transitioning out of homelessness are learning how to drive, a mobile barbershop is providing haircuts on the street, and café style dining is serving up food along with employment and training opportunities.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you have the right to live with dignity, and Dignity First projects help deliver that.”