Julia McKenna (Wilkins 1990)
St Aidan’s Old Girl, Julia McKenna, is a Founding Director of a critical component of this world pandemic, Friends with Dignity, a national not-for-profit organisation which provides assistance to men, women and children displaced due to domestic violence. Julia and her team work tirelessly to support domestic violence victims, who are currently facing ‘unfathomable stress’. Recently, The Courier Mail reported that domestic violence victims and support services throughout Australia are being put under intense pressure due to COVID-19 restricting movement, with the virus being used as an weapon by perpetrators who are capitalising on the situation. “We do know that there is increased risk of domestic violence being perpetrated during this time of isolation. In the initial two weeks of home isolation, we saw an increase of approximately 75% Google searches for "domestic violence" within Australia. During this period, we are working behind the scenes to see how some of our Programs could be delivered virtually.”
We support Friends with Dignity as part of our community service program at St Aidan's. Friends With Dignity are still accepting financial donations to provide assistance to men, women and children displaced by domestic and family violence. To contribute or find out ways you can support Friends With Dignity visit https://www.mycause.com.au/charity/17132/FriendsWithDignity or their Facebook page
Julia is profiled in our publication Born to Fly 5, which you can read by clicking here.