Homicide Victims' Support Group (Aust) Inc.

"Grace's Place"

"Will be a Place of Healing"

The Vision for Grace's Place

We are currently working toward establishing a trauma centre, Grace’s Place, which would cater for children and young people.

It will be a world first - a residential trauma recovery centre for children after homicide.

Grace’s Place will be there to provide support in a safe place where children, teenagers and their families grieving the death of someone they love through homicide, can share their experiences, receive counselling, be involved in therapeutic programs and learn life skills on how to survive the trauma without their loved one.

Our Counsellors are experienced at working with younger members of the group and can provide support and counselling in our office, in your home or at school by prior arrangement.

There are limited services and facilities available to assist children with their trauma, healing and recovery after a homicide.

By having this specifically focussed facility we will be able to provide many services now lacking to the younger members of the HVSG.

Children are often the unseen, unheard victims of these homicides. Their lives are changed forever.

Grace's Place is named in honour of Grace Lynch, the mother of Anita Cobby and was one of the founding members of the HVSG. Grace was a gentle, caring woman who shared her life and loss with so many, becoming a mother to so many.

Grace's Place will be a special place where our young members can heal and survive.

Anita Cobby 30th Anniversary Memorial Dinner

2nd February, 2016

What a wonderful night the evening was with over 720 people attending.

Some heartfelt words of thanks from Gary Raymond.

On 2 February 1986, Nurse Anita Cobby was abducted, raped and murdered by five offenders at Prospect NSW. I was one of the Detectives who successfully investigated her case.

Anita’s late parents, Garry and Grace Lynch wished that “something good would come out of something so bad”. On the 30th Anniversary of her murder, the organising committee conducted the Anita Cobby Memorial Charity Dinner 2016.

The dinner raised $170,000 to establish Grace’s Place (after Anita’s mother Grace) a ‘WORLD FIRST’ Trauma Centre for those left behind after a homicide, especially children. The centre, administered by the Homicide Victim’s Support Group Inc. will provide a safe and secure facility with mental health professionals available to support and counsel families emotionally decimated by a homicide.

The event was held 6.30pm 2 February, 2016 in the Diamond Showroom, Blacktown Workers Club. 720 people attended. This event had high media interest. Simon Bouda, Crime Reporter, Channel 9 Sydney was our MC on the night.

Special guests were His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales & Mrs Hurley, The Hon. Mike Baird, MP. Premier of NSW and Minister for Western Sydney & Mrs Baird, Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM, New South Wales Police Force & Mrs Kaldas, The Hon. Mark Speakman MP Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, and Assistant Minister for Planning & Mrs Speakman, Councillor Stephen Bali, Mayor of Blacktown City, Kathryn Szyszka (Anita’s sister) and Martha Jabour, Homicide Victim’s Support Group Inc., Executive Director.

The night consisted of a Memorial for Anita Cobby, speeches, fundraising and entertainment.

Yours Sincerely, on behalf of the committee, Gary Raymond Detective Chief Inspector APM, OAM (Ret’d.)

Angels With Grace

Angels With Grace will be a night where we honour a beautiful man - Angelo Cusumano who was killed on the 21st December, 1995. This night will be a night where we all will leave a legacy in his name, his generosity and love of life - we will gather together to raise money to contribute directly towards Grace's Place and enjoy an evening with friends. Thank you to the Navarra Family for their outstanding support to date - with the Cusumano family they are planning a night to remember.
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