Healing, Courage & Unity

The Spirit of Woman is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advocate a world free from Domestic Violence, to provide comfort and healing, to promote courage to speak up and out and create unity for everyone.

Brain child of Helen Oxenham an 86 year old woman who started one of the first Women’s Shelter in South Australia, Helen has worked and lobbied tirelessly for this cause for the past 45 years in her desire to protect women and children.

Read Helen’s story here.

Helen’s passion and ongoing need to be involved in this work sparked a revolutionary idea to create Australia’s first ever Commemorative Sculpture dedicated to the victims and survivors of domestic violence right in the heart of Adelaide and in Christies Beach where Helen set up the women’s shelter. A need made all too real by the alarming and recent statistics that –

More than one woman loses her life each WEEK to domestic violence and many more live in daily fear.


The Spirit of Woman Commemorative Sculpture Projects are both currently underway and have the support of both councils.

The sculptures are aimed at raising awareness, creating dialogue in the community, promoting healing, providing a public space for community gatherings and to make it clear that social change is necessary and we must unite for this to happen.

You can voice your support by signing our petition.

Councillor Corbell recently presented a motion to the Adelaide City Council Strategy, Planning and Partnership Committee on the 8th November 2016, a motion that was unanimously passed to investigate the establishment of a domestic violence commemorative sculpture.

Art is a powerful medium that can be used to transform place and foster healing in communities. Public art, in particular, can be a powerful vehicle for community healing and enhancement, creating an array of social and economic benefits for individuals, artists, government bodies, and communities alike.

Creations of domestic violence commemorative sculptures 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. This sculpture 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.


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