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Tara’s Angels provides post-crisis support to women in the ACT who have experienced domestic and family violence with up to two years of support, helping women to connect with local agencies and services, and rebuild their life.

Our Tara’s Angels case workers walk with women, mentoring and empowering them with practical and reliable support after experiencing domestic violence. Angels are tertiary qualified social workers with experience in social work and help women to explore options that best support their needs.

In 2016 we partnered with the Tara Costigan Foundation (TCF) to deliver this unique service to women in the ACT. Today, BaptistCare HopeStreet continues Tara’s legacy through Tara’s Angels, bringing hope and practical support to women who have experienced fear and violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence, call the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service 24-hour crisis line on 6280 0900 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000.

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What We Do

Recovery after the impact and trauma of domestic and family violence is complex and long term. Women often feel vulnerable when dealing with the ongoing legal, financial, housing and social needs of the family.

Our Tara’s Angels come alongside women and children, to help them rebuild their lives and to have new choices. In working with their choices, our focus remains constant - our priority is always their safety and wellbeing.

Tara’s Angels case workers assist with post-crisis support including:

Tara's Legacy

When you lose one of your own

On 28 February 2015, Tara Costigan, a mother of three and a BaptistCare employee, was brutally murdered by her ex-partner. Her violent death from domestic violence sent shock waves through her family, friends, the local ACT community and BaptistCare’s workforce.

In response to her tragic death, calls for change became the inspiration for Tara’s family to establish the Tara Costigan Foundation (TCF), in memory of Tara and other women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

TCF dedicated four years of campaigning on behalf of victims of domestic violence, and with the support of BaptistCare HopeStreet, established Tara’s Angels, a case worker service that supports women in their recovery from the trauma of domestic and family violence.

Today, BaptistCare HopeStreet continues to deliver this vital service in honour of Tara and her family, and as we make every effort to end the cycle of abuse and build safer families.

You can support Tara's Angels and their critical work with a regular or one-off donation.

More Than Skin Deep

Sadly, when we scratch beneath the surface, we see that domestic violence often bruises beyond the skin.

More Than Skin Deep is BaptistCare’s initiative to educate on how you can recognise and respond to domestic violence.

Understand the many types of violence, and where you can find support, or how to respond to and refer someone you care about towards help.

Visit More Than Skin Deep to learn more