Domestic violence clothing service reaches milestone

A ground-breaking emergency clothing service supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence has reached a major milestone, with 100 wardrobes installed in shelters around Australia.

The Thread Together Wardrobe and Capsule Service fills the gap when women and children arrive at crisis accommodation to find safety, often with just the clothes they are wearing.

Bayside Women’s Shelter Chair Dr Christina Curry assists stocking a new clothing capsule.

The PAYCE Foundation has committed $300,000 over three years to support the service launched 12 months ago.

Each wardrobe is merchandised with a capsule of essential clothing for women and children and is continuously restocked by nominated fashion partners.

One third of new clothing goes from factory to landfill, whilst one in eight adults and one in six children do not have adequate access to essential clothing.

Thread Together saves end of line new clothing going to landfill and provides them to people in need.

PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said the milestone was a great achievement that was making a real difference on the ground.

“Shelter and clothing are a fundamental need for women and children who take the highly stressful decision to leave a violent home,” Mr Sullivan said.

“I like to congratulate the team at Thread Together for the outstanding work they’ve done to date – the clothing wardrobe’s which include fashionable new items make an enormous difference.”

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