A new link has been established to help girls who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.
The Centre’s social worker who specialises in family and domestic violence has been making regular visits to The Girls’ Refuge in Sydney’s inner west since early this year.
“Most of the girls are escaping family and domestic violence, so a lot of our work is about healthy relationships, consent, sexting and their rights,” says Zoe McMillan, the Marrickville Legal Centre’s Domestic and Family Violence Support Worker.
Located in the inner west, the refuge gives dedicated care to six girls at a time. They are typically between the ages of 13 and 15 and stay for up to three months.
“We want to make the girls feel as comfortable as possible and to be able to ask anything they want,” says Ms McMillan. “Our work feels like it’s just a chat in the lounge room, but actually girls are able to ask questions that they haven’t been able to ask anyone else.”
Only some of the girls have had basic sexual health education and the outreach also gives the girls a better understanding of their rights.
“Sometimes they don’t realise that if they are 16 years of age or older – and they want to have sex with their partner – that’s their right, regardless of what a parent may want,” she says.
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