“It is genuine acts of kindness that people are not expecting – a really special thing. To not ask for anything in return, to offer material aid with dignity, I think that it’s very valuable, and a wonderful thing to do.”
Friends With Dignity is a 100% volunteer driven model, totally self-funded and reliant on donations of new and pre-loved whitegoods, furniture and household items from the community. With these, they transform empty spaces in to welcoming homes called “Sanctuaries” for men, women and children leaving refuge to start a new life.
“What I like about Friends With Dignity is that they have identified a gap and a need, and offer a very practical way to help support victims at a time in crisis,” said Ms Batty.
Ms Batty shares Friends With Dignity’s goal to make the community more aware that domestic and family violence does not discriminate, and that we all have a role and can do something — no matter how big or small.
“My aim is to provide a voice for the victims, and to speak out in all areas of society spreading my main messaging, seeking to change community attitudes and behaviours toward domestic and family violence,” said Ms Batty.
“I want to remain connected and this is the reason I continue to speak out. All victims should be respected, and this is part of my journey.”