JRS Australia's award-winning Finding Safety project offers safety and leadership opportunities for women at risk of gender-based violence.
Finding Safety at the JRS Women’s Space
JRS’ Finding Safety Project is an innovative project supporting women on temporary visas. This includes women seeking asylum who have experienced sexual and gender-based violence (S/GBV) or are at risk of it. Finding Safety uses participatory leadership approaches for preventative, early intervention, and responsive outcomes. The project is hosted at the JRS Women’s Space in Parramatta.
In 2019, JRS served over 300 women and girls at the Women’s Space, a safe space exclusively for women on temporary visas. The space is designed to enhance social networks, leadership skills give psycho-social support, facilitate self-empowerment as well as provide safe, person-centred and non-stigmatising S/GBV ‘wrap around’ services. Women also receive information and referrals on issues relating to women’s rights, health, and services.
The project’s work is guided by an all-woman Advisory Group comprised of civil society stakeholders, diaspora community representatives and leaders with lived experience. Information about specific programs offered at the Women’s Space is featured below.
During COVID-19, the JRS Women’s Space remains dedicated to serving women on temporary visas, including women seeking asylum across Sydney. For information on getting help, please click here.
Top image: Shatha, from our JRS Women’s Team, supporting a client. Image courtesy of Flashpoint Labs.