Spirit of Woman ~ Demand a future free from domestic violence 2018-11-04T22:18:32+00:00

You’re invited to join us for a milestone celebration

Help us make a difference and join us to build our Place of Courage – a place for healing; a place to honour victims and survivors of family and domestic violence; a place to reflect, educate and build community momentum for change.

Spirit of Woman is a not-for-profit organisation working for the elimination of family and domestic violence through public engagement and recognition of the need to support all those impacted in the community, particularly survivors and their families.

Join us for the announcement of the selected artist and their concept design for a Place of Courage; learn of the proposed site and how you can contribute to creating a real and valuable space for the community in Adelaide and beyond. A space for everyone, a space that exemplifies our socially progressive ethos in South Australia, a space where social change through the arts is a reality, not just an idea.

We need your help now! Reach out – speak out – be part of the change for a better Australia.

Where: Rydges Hotel, corner West and South Terraces, Adelaide

When: Monday, 26 November 2018 from 5.30pm (for a 5.45pm start) to 6.30pm

Join us for a milestone celebration, help us progress the Place of Courage campaign to its next stage, be part of a unique initiative – the brainchild of 87-year-old Helen Oxenham, the driving force behind one of the first women’s shelters in Adelaide.

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Healing, Courage & Unity

We want to influence our community for real and sustainable change through our actions to end domestic violence.
Together we can work towards enhancing the status of women and ending violence against women. In our education and advocacy efforts, we will work to inform the general public about the need for equal treatment of women.
We actively encourage and engage men in our call for change.

Our Spirit

We DEMAND a future free from domestic violence

We aim to provide a place of comfort and HEALING

We promote COURAGE to speak out and raise awareness

We want UNITY and harmony for everyone

~ Founder Helen Oxenham

Our Mission  |  Helen’s Story

Help us create a contemporary public artwork

Spirit of Woman is championing the design and construction of South Australia’s first ever Commemorative Project dedicated to the victims and survivors of domestic violence right in the heart of Adelaide City and in Christies Beach where Helen set up the women’s shelter.

Read about the significant of Adelaide City and Christies Beach in Helen’s Story.

Creations of domestic violence projects are much needed in today’s society. Humanity needs a place to heal, to mourn and to remember the women and children who have predominantly died at the hands of domestic violence. Our project will not only support those who are mourning the loss of their mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends, but will act as a shadow of support for women who are still silently suffering.

The Spirit of Woman Commemorative Projects are both currently underway and have the support of both councils. You can help show your support for the commemorative projects by signing our petition.

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Take our community survey

We are launching our community survey, designed to be non-invasive to establish a framework for what the commemorative healing site should be, and how we wish to be represented by the memorial. Additionally, the survey is for the community participation for frontline workers who wish to contribute their ideas and desires to the community consultation process. 

It is our hope that DV vigils, marches, protests and DV/feminist community events could be held in this space. It could also be a reflective, peaceful space for individuals and the community to come together to mourn those we have lost, as well as to heal the residual emotional wounds incurred from domestic violence. 

Ultimately Spirit of Woman hopes that the creation of a public space dedicated to domestic violence will add to the conversations that are currently occurring around domestic violence and further promote the notion that domestic violence is everyone’s problem. Spirit of Woman hopes to open the door to talk about DV within our community. Currently, Australia does not have a national memorial for domestic violence. Spirit of Woman is hoping to change this. 

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