Help kids impacted by domestic violence go back to school

How you can donate to families doing it tough.

Every day, domestic violence forces hundreds of people, including children, to flee their homes and leave everything behind.

Australian domestic and family violence support charity, Friends With Dignity has called on the Queensland community to donate school supplies to hundreds of children who have escaped violence as part of its annual Back To School Drive.

Friends With Dignity Community Engagements Co-ordinator Catherine Woodbine said assistance provided by charities gave children the opportunity to ease into new schools following family upheaval.

“Starting the new school year is hard enough for all children, but starting at a new school, not knowing anyone and not having the essentials that every other child has, can be all too much to handle,” Ms Woodbine said.

“We are aiming to provide over 500 backpacks nationally to children who have faced the trauma of domestic violence and had to leave their much-loved belongings behind.”

Friends With Dignity National Community Engagements Manager Rosemary Macchiavelli said donating basic school supplies was a simple way to help a child fit in at a new school.

“Going to school can be frightening for so many children. You don’t want children to stand out for the wrong reasons and if they come to school without a backpack or any belongings, then they do stand out as the child with nothing,” Ms Macchiavelli said.

"Something as simple as a pencil case or a lunch box can go so far to supporting the most vulnerable members of our community and help promote learning and stability for these children.

“We are looking for people to donate new or excellent condition backpacks, we ask that drink bottles, lunch boxes, colouring pencils, lead pencils, erasers, glue sticks and exercise books are new."

Friends with Dignity are accepting donations at various drop-off locations around Brisbane and the Gold Coast from 28 December to 14 January. Monetary donations can be made to Friends with Dignity’s Little Friends Scholarship Fund.