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Toowoomba Grammar School supports Mothers of Boys in prevention of Domestic Violence

Toowoomba Grammar School has joined forces with national charity organisation Mothers of Boys (MOB) to promote the awareness of the prevention of domestic and family violence.

With both organisations focused on boys, it is only fitting that the two groups support each other with this important and timely initiative.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show

  • one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them
  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner
  • Domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children
  • One in four children is exposed to domestic violence
  • 2 in 5 assaults reported to police in 2016 were family or domestic violence related
  • 1 in 3 youth (aged 16-19 years) report an experience of image-based abuse
  • Women aged 18 – 35 years are most likely to experience violence than other age groups
  • The rate of domestic violence is higher in rural and regional areas

Toowoomba Grammar School is proud to play a role in changing these alarming statistics for future generations, by not only highlighting the issue with students, but by supporting organisations like MOB.

Headmaster, Mr Peter Hauser, is a guest speaker at MOB’s inaugural Toowoomba event on Saturday May 12, raising funds for awareness of the prevention of domestic violence.

MOB was originally formed about 15 years ago by a group of women who were chatting on the sideline of a footy game in Brisbane talking about their unique position of having only sons and being the only females in their all male house. Of course they adored their boys and would never swap them for a daughter – but they were also a tiny bit envious of other friends who were invited to events like mother-daughter fashion parades or morning teas, which of course they were never invited too.  To rub salt into the wound, the fathers of their sons were also often invited to events to which they were also not invited – such as father-son fishing weekends and sporting dinners.  So they decided to start their own event and Mothers of Boys was formed.

The organisation is now involved in numerous fund raising events as well as providing support and networking for women in all male households.

MOB is inviting mothers of (only) boys to join up for free, and if they wish, to also attend their inaugural fun fundraising lunch to be held in Toowoomba on Saturday 12 May at Blank Space in the Mills Precinct in Ruthven Street.  Tickets are available through the MOB webpage.