Homicide is not a pretty word, but it is real… Homicide, the word, the act, is confronting on every level. It is shocking, traumatic, heartbreaking and devastating in every sense of the word. It is also not something anyone wants to or can ever imagine having to face in a lifetime. The grief experienced by the families and loved ones of homicide victims is complex and the impacts on their lives can be like a domino effect on the whole community. As an organization that supports those affected by homicide, QHVSG faces a string of unique challenges. This is why the Daisy Chain Foundation was established - to help soften these challenges and to open new doors in our quest to increase awareness about this crime and the long-term and far-reaching impacts it has on not only the individuals affected, but also our wider community.
Some of the key challenges we face as an organization, and for no other reason than the very confronting nature of homicide, are:
- Buy-in from corporate sponsors – finding a way for business to align their social investments with the message we deliver
- Major shortfalls in operating funds – finding ways to generate non-government funding
- Limited administrative resources – finding the funds to employ staff with specialist skills
These challenges are not insurmountable, but they do require focus and commitment to overcoming. So how do we garner awareness and financial support for a topic that is hard to even speak about? We put our own discomfort aside and instead focus on those who have been or are going through this tragedy that has hit their life without warning. We acknowledge that homicide does not discriminate between the wealthy and poor, the young and aged or men and women. We accept that homicide does exist and it needs to be addressed at every level of our society. We recognize the need to better understand the circumstances and warning signs that can make an individual or group more vulnerable to acts of violence. We talk about homicide openly and respectfully and we find strength in our collective willingness to do so. This is our challenge and we encourage you to be part of the solution.
Hosting regular events and conducting community awareness initiatives that generate meaningful outcomes does however, require considerable resources and while QHVSG is partially funded by the Queensland Government, the funding falls far short of the actual monies required to support the increasing number of homicides in our community. This is where Daisy Chain Foundation comes in. Just as Cancer used to be a taboo topic, victims of homicide can only find their voice with our sincere and non-judgmental support.