OUR WORK

Employment support

Our employment support program McAuley Works operates across Victoria, helping women who have experienced family violence, homelessness or mental health issues to find, and maintain, employment. 

Economic independence, and the increased confidence and self-esteem that come from workplace participation, play a vital role in preventing women from returning to unsafe and violent relationships.

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Ninety-five women women participated in the program in 2019-2020. Thirty six women commenced work.

 

Twenty-seven of the women who  obtained jobs were in situations where the family violence was regarded as ‘critical’ – meaning the woman was still dealing with an imminent and immediate threat of violence. Ten of them had below average employability – meaning they were unskilled, had not held a position in the previous year, and were only partly fluent in English.

McAuley Works is a program of Jobs Victoria.

Amber’s story

'I wanted my kids to see me working'

Amber had left school in year eight, and been through many struggles as a young mum. Being supported with the skills to find work brought her increased self-esteem and confidence.

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‘A life back on track’: Akanke’s story

'I knew I wasn't doing this by myself'

A young African-born woman stumbled upon McAuley House when she came to Melbourne, lost and alone and relying on couch-surfing for accommodation. She was supported to find work as an interpreter and says McAuley helped her get her life back on track.

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Employment is a pathway out of family violence: our submission

Our submission to a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into disadvantaged jobseekers explained that financial independence helps women leave violent relationships

There are countless immediate, and longer-term, benefits for the community when women experiencing family violence gain employment.

Foremost of these is that the economic independence and financial security associated with work can be a springboard for leaving a violent relationship.

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Feeling ‘blessed’: how a new job led to a new beginning

It’s a common enough workplace event – sharing a birthday cake with office colleagues, but it signified something more for Amrita.

‘In my first meetings with her she was still in a state of fear and anguish. She’d lived in refuges and there had been countless intervention order breaches. She also had two young children and was still traumatized and uncertain about what the future could bring.' With our support Amrita was able to get a new job and begin to build a new life free from the constant threat of violence.

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