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Robert Keogh announces new partnership with the Zahra Foundation

Domestic violence is one of the biggest issues in our community.

It is violence that comes in many forms and it doesn’t discriminate, existing in wealthy, privileged families as well as those who are less fortunate.

It’s also the main reason many women and their children find themselves homeless, frightened and vulnerable.

This was the experience of the Abrahimzadeh family.

After years of terror, torture and abuse, Zahra Abrahimzadeh and her three young children fled from their Adelaide home.

After some time in hiding, they began rebuilding their lives and for the first time in many years, everything was going well.

Then, in front of 300 people at Adelaide’s Convention Centre, Zahra was brutally stabbed to death by her husband.

In the five years since, Zahra’s children have established a foundation, the Zahra Foundation, to give women the hope, support and economic empowerment they need to become financially independent.

This is where Beyond Bank comes in.

On Saturday evening at the launch of the Foundation, after moving speeches from Zahra’s children and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, I was delighted to announce a $30,000 grant to help it establish a range of programs for women to access.

Services like financial literacy workshops, budget advice and pathways to employment and further education.

It’s about building resilience and, going forward, we hope this will be a key partnership for Beyond Bank.

It is our way of supporting the victims of domestic violence and to the Abrahimzadeh children, not only do we congratulate you on your courage and commitment but we thank you for the opportunity to become involved.