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Hope Packages for Family Violence Survivors

by Jasmine Purches | Oct 15, 2019 | in Archived Ideas
Open Ideas/S2 - Dec19-Jan20

Your first Christmas out of an abusive environment can be very tough. Not only are you often navigating trauma and recovering from heartbreak, often you're trying to work out how you can financially do it all and what kind of life you can provide to your children. 

Often assistance is given with essentials but I would love to see a package given to survivors that can perhaps instill some hope for a better future. 

With the assistance of experts (as not to unintentionally trigger anyone), the idea is to compile a book of stories or letters from previous survivors with messages of hope and a glimpse at positive outcomes other survivors have had. To encourage them that they're not alone and that a better future without violence can exist for them too. 

With this, I would like to include: 

- A soy candle (With the words 'Hope' on it).

- A teddy named 'Hope' for any children with a little hidden pocket for any precious items.

- A voucher for a fun experience - the movies, a massage (open to ideas)

-Some nice toiletries and a face mask. 



What department are you from?

Spiritual Life Development

Who is your target market?

Survivors of Family Violence

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Belinda Cassie Oct 15, 2019

This is a really lovely idea Jasmine. I am wondering whether there might be an alternative to a candle if packages were being delivered to families that are in crisis accommodation as often candles are seen as fire hazards and their use is discouraged or not allowed at all on site. Maybe a mug with hope written on it, or a framed picture, or even the word hope as a wooden cutout.


Jasmine Purches Oct 15, 2019

Good point Belinda and lovely suggestions. Thank you.


Elise Oct 15, 2019

Hi Jasmine, thanks for sharing your idea. It also takes a lot of strength and courage for victim-survivors to leave but they may not recognise themselves as being 'strong' or 'brave'. Perhaps these words could also be incorporated into the gift pack along with 'hope'.


Jasmine Purches Oct 15, 2019

Fantastic idea. These words would be very powerful. Thank you.


Neri Morris 11 months ago

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