'DV is a huge problem': 100kms to take on domestic and family violence

Focused: Jose Brosas. Picture: Simon Bennett
Focused: Jose Brosas. Picture: Simon Bennett

CORE Community Services business development manager Jose Brosas is aiming to raise $10,000 when he takes part in the Ultra Trail Australia 100-kilometre race in the Blue Mountains in May. That will help CORE provide multiple families with accommodation for weeks that are escaping domestic violence.

It will also help provide individual and family safety packs and food vouchers. But in a perfect world he really wants to reach $100,000.

"That would help fund another case worker to meet the demand," he said.

Getting ready: Jose Brosas running at Cabravale Memorial Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Getting ready: Jose Brosas running at Cabravale Memorial Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

"Last year, demand for CORE's DV Support Service quadrupled, with a large number of victims presenting as homeless with young children - and yet the funding and staff remained the same.

"Fairfield Police say that 60 per cent of reported incidents are domestic and family violence related. So that's why I'm running - to raise awareness and funds for the growing need for domestic and family violence services."

CORE, who are currently working with religious leaders to address DV within communities, provide culturally appropriate services for victims of domestic and family violence including crisis support, case management and brokerage assistance. Alarmingly, 60 per cent of cases they work with are not reported which points to the cultural barriers of domestic violence and why the data does not match the demand and need for more resources and services.

"The availability of resources does not cover a fraction of what the community needs. There is so much more that needs to be done; domestic violence is a huge problem," said Mr Brosas, who has been running up to 80-kilometres a week to prepare for the Katoomba course which has 11,000 steps.

"More needs to be done."

Jose Brosas

"It will take a community to address the DV crisis and every bit of help counts. I'm 37 this year so I needed to start exercising more and I have been doing half-marathons and marathons around Sydney for three years.

"It all started when a family friend passed away while training for a run and he was only 48 and I did the run he was going to do with his daughter."