May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and SA Woman wanted to shine a light on an organisation doing amazing work for women who support women and non-binary folk impacted by domestic and family violence.
Find out more about Zahra Foundation below, or on their website www.zahrafoundation.org.au.
Please note: this blog post contains information surrounding domestic abuse and may be difficult to read. If you need support, you can always reach out to the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).
About Zahra Foundation
Zahra Foundation was established in 2015 following the tragic murder of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was killed by her former husband in 2010 after enduring 20 years of domestic violence.
The foundation speciﬁcally addresses the ﬁnancial abuse and disadvantage women experience as a result of domestic violence, providing speciﬁcally tailored programs and services that promote the economic empowerment of women.
The Zahra Foundation develops its innovative programs, advocates for change and raises awareness in communities through a co-design and survivor centred approach. The Foundation is a policy innovator in its vision to break the cycle of domestic and family violence.
The Programs & Services
Zahra Foundation offers a range of services for women and non-binary folk re-establishing themselves after leaving an abusive relationship.
- FINANCIAL COUNSELLING
Specialist trained and registered financial counsellors providing a free, confidential and professional service to address budgeting, financial literacy and dealing with debtors.
- PATHWAYS TO EMPOWERMENT
Group educational program creating pathways into education, training and employment.
- HARDSHIP GRANTS
Grants to relieve hardship, break down barriers for education and prevent homelessness and poverty.
Supporting Zahra Foundation
In 2022, Zahra Foundation Australia supported their 1000th woman.
$70,000 worth of grants were administered to South Australian women in financial hardship due to economic abuse and financial control.
15% of Pathways clients from 2022 went on to university.
94% achieved an outcome into employment or education.
66% reported better understanding of ‘red flags’ in an unhealthy relationship.
55% reported a better understanding of financial coercion and economic abuse.
100% of Financial Counselling Clients achieved financial independence.
The Zahra Foundation is a non-for-profit charitable organisation and relies of the generosity of government, community sponsorship, fund raising and donations to support the programs that we provide to support women and families who have been affected by domestic and family violence.
To support Zahra Foundation, you can make a donation via their website, or purchase a ticket to attend their Inaugural Lotus Gala Ball, Saturday 10th June at the Adelaide Convention Centre. If you are unable to attend the Gala Ball, options are also available to pay it forward and purchase a ticket for a Zahra Foundation Client or Volunteer to attend.
If you are in need of crisis support for domestic or family violence, further resources are available on the Zahra Foundation website.
To become an SA Woman Member, check out our Membership Options here.