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1800RESPECT donation to be invested in prevention work with women with a disability

December 09 2014 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

The funds donated today to Our Watch by 1800RESPECT, the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, in the lead up to the launch of their new resources will be invested in prevention work with women with a disability in a tribute to the life and advocacy of Our Watch Ambassador Stella Young.

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Our Watch Chief Executive Officer, Paul Linossier, said the organisation is honoured to receive $4000 from 1800RESPECT, raised as people signed up to share in its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.

"We will dedicate this money to work that aims to prevent violence against women with disabilities in recognition of Stella Young, Our Watch Ambassador, who passed away last weekend," he said.

Stella broke from limiting stereotypes and challenged the thinking and attitudes of us all. She reminded us that women with a disability are more likely to experience intimate partner violence than other groups in society," Mr Linossier said.

Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Our Watch Chair said that Stella will long be remembered for her fierce advocacy and sense of humour.

"Stella Young was a fearless advocate and activist. Gutsy, clever, funny – a champion to end violence against women," she said.