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Jimboomba-based Beaudesert Domestic and Family Violence Support service is changing to SHINE.

YFS’ Client Service Manager, Sarah Vuzem says the change will better reflect the support provided to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. “Our purpose is to empower women and children to thrive in a future free from violence and abuse,” she said.

“The new name reflects our key focus areas of Safety, Healing, Independence, New Beginnings and Empowerment.”

SHINE works alongside women experiencing domestic abuse in the Jimboomba and Beaudesert area to enhance their safety and wellbeing. Services include practical support and group work for women, specialised counselling for children, specialist support at Beaudesert Court and helping people access information and link with relevant services.

Ms Vuzem says, “Our service goes beyond crisis support. We help women strengthen their confidence to take steps to claim back their life after domestic abuse.”

In the 2020/21 financial year the service supported 384 women and 92 children in the Beaudesert and Scenic Rim areas. This was a 37% increase in referrals compared to the previous year which is attributed to the impacts of COVID-19.