"Violence almost broke my creative spirit: I could no longer dance or sing."
My Thi is a life-long performer whose voice was effectively silenced by an abusive relationship.
That shattered spirit is common in those who have experienced violence: we see many of them walking through our door.
"The support I got at Marrickville Legal Centre was invaluable: I could not have got back on my feet without it," she says.
When survivors contact Marrickville Legal Centre, we work with them in a holistic fashion to help them out of the shadows of violence.
While legal issues are often pressing, non-legal support, including counselling and connection with other services is vital.
Funding for that work is in jeopardy, despite an increasing need in our community.
We know the difference the work makes to survivors, like My Thi.
She won victim’s compensation, which has helped her to establish a life – and to continue her artistic pursuits – in Sydney.
In addition to her own work, she teaches art therapy classes to young homeless people and people who have experienced violence.
"Sometimes I see my own experience of domestic violence reflected in their lives," she says. "It means a lot to be able to help them through it."
She also sings and dances to raise money for her community iand for the Ian Bowie Memorial Association in Sydney, helping disadvantaged young people find their way into the world of theatre.
Your generous donation before June 30 will help support this vital work in the community for six months.
Your donation is tax-deductible and every cent of it will be spent on outreach to help people like My Thi. (That's no spending on administration or fundraising.)