As another year draws to a close and before we embark on another busy year, it is a timely opportunity to pause and think of those facing a bleak Christmas.
2015 has been a year of greater awareness of domestic violence thanks to people like Young South Australian of the Year, Arman Abrahimzadeh and his sisters Atena and Anita who together with Central Domestic Violence Service have set up a foundation to provide assistance to South Australian women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. The Zahra Foundation (named after their mother who was violently murdered at the Adelaide Convention Centre by her abusive husband in 2010) was officially launched on 5 September 2015 at an event aimed at reclaiming the space where the tragic event took place. DBH proudly attended this event along with Adelaide’s elite taking a stand against domestic violence. The event was a huge success with fantastic results.
The Zahra Foundation and its objectives soon became the focus of our next women’s networking event Doing Business in Heels where we proudly supported Zahra Foundation by inviting our guests to participate in a silent auction and donating proceeds and stationery goods to the Foundation to support the Foundation’s women’s empowerment programs.
It is a sad reality that the shocking statistics of domestic violence unfortunately tend to rise over Christmas. It is with this in mind that we at Duncan Basheer Hannon wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.