Helen Oxenham OAM, who has spent her life advocating for those who have suffered from domestic and family violence (DFV), is celebrating the creation of a special Place Of Courage monument at Christies Beach to acknowledge those affected by DFV.
Helen’s journey as a public advocate began when she enrolled in the inaugural Women’s Studies topic at Flinders University. Helen, and her friend Peggy Robinson, were instrumental in the establishment of the Women’s Shelter at Christies Beach in 1977.
Helen, who is now in her 90s, has dedicated her life to ensuring safety and support for women and children who are suffering from DFV. Her long-held dream has been to open a dedicated place where she can go to grieve, honour and share the stories of those affected by DFV, making it a special place for women and children to come and heal.
Spirit of Woman and the City of Onkaparinga are making this dream a reality, with the launch of their first Place of Courage Ripple site – a public art space designed to acknowledge the impact of domestic and family violence in the community, which will provide a safe space for people to reflect, grieve, connect, and heal.
The official opening of Place of Courage – Ripples will be on Thursday 25 November, from 10am to 12.30pm at Rotary Park, Christies Beach. For registration to attend the event, click here.
Adelaide City Council has agreed to establish a central Place of Courage in Bonython Park. If you would like to support this initiative or find out more about how you can be involved, click here.