Your support matters
Every 17 seconds, The Salvation Army in Australia helps someone at one of our services or programs.1
This only happens because of the public’s generous support of the Red Shield Appeal.
The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army’s largest, annual call to Australians to join us in providing support and care to people in need. Donations to the appeal fund vital programs and services in areas such as family and domestic violence, homelessness, financial hardship, addiction, disaster and emergency relief, and community support.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, family and domestic violence reporting has sharply increased. This ‘shadow pandemic’ emerged as changed working conditions led to women being twice as likely to experience domestic abuse, and extreme financial stress made the risk of violence three times higher. Women living with violence are often caught between two heartbreaking choices: stay and suffer abuse – or leave and face homelessness.
The generosity of the Australian public to the Red Shield Appeal allows The Salvation Army to provide a third option for women: safety, connection and ongoing care. This includes accommodation, support through the legal system, financial relief, trauma counselling, employment support and so much more.
We want to help people find a way out of the crisis and support them on the way back into a life full of dignity, hope and safety.
Last year, The Salvation Army provided support and services to 5,800 women and children who were experiencing or at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence. Provided 887,500 crisis beds to people experiencing homelessness and helped over 12,900 people with financial counselling.2
The Salvation Army is asking you to help us leave no one in need by supporting the Red Shield Appeal. Together, we can walk alongside others in similar situations and help them find a way out of crisis and a way back to hope.
1.Statistic derived from The Salvation Army, 2021 Annual report, SAMIS stream data 2020/21FY
2. Source: The Salvation Army’s Social Programs Annual Report 2021