Hannah Clarke’s mother says a domestic violence guide would have been ‘invaluable’ for her late daughter

A Queensland charity has launched an online directory of information and services for women facing domestic and family violence, or at risk of homelessness.

The Lady Musgrave Trust, the state’s oldest charity, has teamed up with the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation and the Queensland Community Foundation to distribute The practical guidean online directory of support services for women in need.

Trust chief executive Victoria Parker said it was “amazing” to receive funding from both organisations, given that the group did not receive recurring government funding.

She told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Kat Feeney that both organizations recognized the value of The Handy Guide.

Victoria Parker says the Trust has had “some success” in its 137 years.(Provided: Victoria Parker)

The resource provides information on how to leave domestic and family violence relationships, and covers coercive control, types of abuse, and how to stay in touch with family or friends to stay safe in toxic relationships.

It also provides information on where women in crisis housing can seek help and financial and legal guides.

The charity produced more than 220,000 copies of the free guide and distributed it statewide for more than 10 years.

“So really, when you’re in a pretty scary situation, or you have a lot of decisions to make in a very short time, it’s very difficult to find the organization that can support you,” Ms Parker said. .

“The next step, of course, in the evolution of this practical guide was to put it online, and that’s what the funding was used for.”

The guide would have been “invaluable”

Small Steps 4 Hannah co-founder Hannah Clarke’s mother, Sue Clarke, says an online how-to guide could have helped her daughter.

Sue and Lloyd Clarke speak in court
Sue and Lloyd Clarke say the online guide is an “invaluable” one-stop-shop for help.(ABC News: Alexander Lewis)

Hannah Clarke, along with her three children Aaliyah, Laiana and Trey were murdered by her ex-husband Rowan Baxter in 2020.

“She didn’t know where to go, she didn’t know where to look, she didn’t know what to do…if she had had access to a one-stop shop like this website, it would have been invaluable,” Ms Clarke told the Annual Forum of the Trust for Women and the Homeless earlier this month.

Along with the online version, the charity will continue to print copies of the guide.

Hannah Clarke hugs her son Trey Baxter while standing on a beach.
Hannah Clarke and her three children were killed by Ms Clarke’s ex-husband in 2020.(Facebook)

The Lady Musgrave Trust, which helps women and children in Queensland find safe and secure housing, has been running for 137 years and has had “some success”, Ms Parker said.

“But it is a tragedy that we are still needed and need it more than ever today, she said.

“The supply of affordable and safe housing is very, very low, and the number of women who need safe places is increasing, so it’s quite dire.”

The Trust has installed a “quick exit” button on the Handy Guide web pages which allows users to be immediately redirected to a neutral website.

“This quick exit button, which is available on every page, is available in case the user needs to exit that page very quickly, so that the person who sees them using their computer cannot see the site on which it just happens,” Ms. Parker said.

However, clicking the exit button does not erase browsing history, but the charity provides advice for women on how to stay safe online.

Calvin W. Soper