Domestic Violence Victims Have A Refuge In The Hills

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Rev John Gray, Sister Catherine Ryan, Aileen Mountfield, Mike Blair, Chris Dunwell, Meredith Donkin, Mike Hallam and Supt Rob Critchfield at the opening of the Lisa Harnum Foundation cottages. Photo Credit: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse

The first of two services dedicated to helping families fleeing domestic violence in the Hills was officially opened on Thursday.

A mother and her two children are due to move into one of the two cottages opened by the Lisa Harnum Foundation in the Hills next week.

Founder of the Lisa Harnum Foundation, Aileen Mountifield, said the two cottages will be able to provide medium to long-term accommodation for at least eight families.

Anglican Church Minister John Gray from St Paul’s Castle Hill said they were a vital resource for the area along with the The Sanctuary, the women’s shelter, which will open early next year. He said,

I grew up in a house where domestic violence was pretty much the order of the day. It’s great that we have (the cottages) but it’s a shame we have to have it.”

This article by Bev Jordan first appeared in Hills Shire Times on 18th December, 2015. You can check the article at this link http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/domestic-violence-victims-have-a-refuge-in-the-hills/story-fngr8i1f-1227666765265

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