Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre
"Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre supports young women who have experienced sexual violence. They provide counselling, support groups, workshops and community education. I have personally accessed their services several years ago and will never forget the genuine support, care and kindness shown by this fantastic organisation." - Nominated by Amy
More about Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre:
Zig Zag is a community-based organisation that provides specialist support services to young women (aged 12-25) who have experienced sexual violence or harassment, and services to young women (aged 16-25) experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. They offer a safe place for women to get information, support, counselling, and supported accommodation. This unique and essential service was established in Brisbane in 1988, in response to a clear and specific need in the community.
The team at Zig Zag are not only incredibly qualified and experienced across the myriad of complex challenges these young women face; they are also deeply caring, kind and non-judgemental. When young women come to Zig Zag for support, they are often at a very vulnerable time of their lives and need support and advocacy to navigate complex and challenging service systems (e.g. legal, housing and healthcare systems).
The team at Zig Zag work alongside these young women and acknowledge young women’s control over their own lives! Zig Zag recognises the social, political, cultural and economic contexts that limit young women’s power, creating vulnerability and disadvantage, and they work in ways that promote safety and is collaborative, inclusive, supportive and respectful. Zig Zag supports young women to speak up, and to be part of the solution in ending violence against women. The team at Zig Zag also educate the community about these serious issues and advocate to end youth homelessness and violence towards women.