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Earlier this year the HSU Union Council determined to donate funds to a service that provided support for victims of domestic violence.

Such a service needed to be accessible to all members of the HSU, no matter what they did for work or where they lived. The service also needed to have in place good employment practices.

Several services were considered, but by far the most obvious choice when considering the criteria was Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA). 

RDVSA has been in operation for over 50 years, providing support for women, men and children who have experienced or are experiencing family or sexual violence. It is internationally recognised as a sector leader in the provision of telephone counselling services, having established 1800 RESPECT. 

Importantly its 24-hour counselling services can link members across the state with other local services. A donation of this size would go towards resourcing these counselling services, which have been in high demand during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

It is for these reasons that RDVSA is recommended to the HSU Council as a worthy recipient of this donation.

You can find out more about Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) HERE