Creating a voice for the Disability Sector
Creating a voice for the Disability Sector
RizeUp - Industry Focus

RizeUp - Industry Focus

02 November 2021

RizeUp is one of the recipients of proceeds of the 2022 National Disability Leadership Organisation’s (NDLO) Disability Staff Recognition Awards.

RizeUp works in partnership with specialist domestic violence services across Australia.

One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them, and 61% of women had children in their care when the violence occurred.

The organisation works at the frontline with families impacted by domestic and family violence to help break the cycle of abuse.

RizeUp says that in Australia, domestic and family violence is the biggest social injustice that we are confronted with.

It affects everyone - all races, religions and social classes. 

Women with a disability are 40% more likely to experience domestic violence than women who don’t have a disability, and an estimated nine out of 10 women with an intellectual disability have been sexually abused.

Domestic violence is based on an imbalance of power and control. If one partner feels the need to dominate the other, it is significantly more likely a relationship will turn violent.

RizeUp’s programs promote women’s independence and decision-making in public life and relationships, which is a key outcome to preventing domestic violence.

The organisation works to shift attitudes, perceptions and challenge societal norms in Australia which have as a by-product created a toxic and unhealthy environment.

The RizeUp mission is to drive awareness of domestic and family violence within society by generating life-changing, practical support for the families affected, giving them the hope and empowerment to move on to a life free from violence. 

To do this, it brings communities together, facilitates volunteers, and makes real, far reaching and practical contributions to these families.

A family fleeing from a violent household will often enter a refuge with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

RizeUp has created various programs to support and empower these courageous families via specialist domestic and family violence organisations.

When a family leaves a refuge, the organisation furnishes their new accommodation with everything they need to make it a home, so they can make a fresh start. Special focus is given to children impacted by these events, to help them heal and to settle into a new school.

RizeUp delivers three main programs:

Rapid Response Program: RizeUp’s crisis program sources critical items required at a moment’s notice. Within this program we also respond to other emergency needs such as the costs related to emergency relocation and so on.

Homes Program: RizeUp sets up and furnishes the homes sourced by specialist services to support clients moving on from domestic violence.

Youth Enrichment Support Solutions: RizeUp supports the family by providing items of clothing for children to start at their new school. 

Research that underpins the RizeUp programs demonstrates:

  • One-in-three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them
  • 61% of women had children in their care when the violence occurred
  • When children are brought up in a house of violence, they have trouble connecting with friends and family and their future is significantly compromised
  • Women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hand of men, with around 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reporting a male perpetrator

RizeUp is one of the recipient charities of the National Disability Leadership Organisation’s 2022 MELBOURNE and SYDNEY Disability Staff Recognition Awards, held as part of the Disability Connection Expos next year.

Developing Australian Communities is a proud supporter of RizeUp.

You can help RiseUp in their efforts and programs in a variety of ways either by donating or volunteering. 

The Disability Staff Recognition Awards Gala Dinner is one of the fundraising events Developing Australian Communities host around Australia to raise awareness for the great work providers and staff do in the sector, while also raising funds to support the National Disability Leadership Organisation’s objectives.

The charity was established to advance the social and public welfare of people living with a disability and also to protect and promote the human rights of people living with a disability.

Together the charity will work with those within the sector to help create sustainable solutions to some of the challenges within it. Forging change together.

The dinner and awards evening will help shine the light on these objectives and help achieve its goals.


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