A national, free application for women experiencing domestic and family violence
Women’s Legal Service Queensland with funding from Financial Literacy Australia have developed Penda, a national, free and simple to use app combining financial tips, safety and legal information and referrals for women who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Financial security is a key element in ensuring women’s long term safety from violence as poverty and financial hardship often cause women to stay in, or return to abusive relationships.
Penda includes information and referrals to services related to domestic and family violence, finances, emergency money, Centrelink and crisis payments, and managing money and debt after separation or divorce, child support and parenting, housing and property settlement, and visa and immigration.
The app is for women experiencing domestic and family violence in intimate relationships but may also be helpful for women experiencing violence in other types of relationships, or those who are separating or going through divorce.
Friends, family, employers and support people can use Penda to help others.
The safety of Penda users is paramount. Safety features include warnings prior to and after download, a lock screen game function and optional passcode access settings. Penda provides information on risk factors, safety planning, and the safe use of technology.
Penda can now be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Further information is available on our website https://penda-app.com/ A booklet of app content will also be available on this website shortly.
Family and Domestic Violence Support Groups
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service provides a range of support groups for women, mothers and children who have been impacted by family, domestic and intimate partner violence. Their groups run during regular school term, during and outside of regular business hours. For more information, please visit the DVCS website
GATHER Young Women’s Group
A group designed to assist young women to develop more confidence in social situations, find new friendships and reduce social isolation. The group visits different locations around Canberra each week and is driven by the wants and needs of the group members
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: The Smith Family, Cnr Launceston and Easty Streets, Woden
Contact: Sophie Mayer on 6221 9527 or Leanne Heald on 6221 9533