The primary purpose of Grace’s Place is to provide a unique place of healing and restoration for children traumatised by homicide.
It will be a place where they may be guided to believe in themselves and their future.
It is to be built in Doonside, NSW, on land made available by Blacktown City Council and Western Sydney Parklands Trust.
The Centre will be named in honour of Grace Lynch, mother of Anita Cobby and will include residential and counselling facilities. It will also be the new Head Office of the Homicide Victims Support Group (Aust) Inc.
Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW)
Founded in June 1993, the Homicide Victims Support Group (HVSG) was established when the parents of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson were introduced. They recognised the very real need to set up an organisation which could offer counselling, support and information to families and friends of homicide victims throughout NSW.
As a result the counselling section at the Institute of Forensic Medicine started to work with family members to introduce the concept of the HVSG.
The Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc.is funded by Western Sydney Local Area Health District, along with generous donations from members, friends, caring members of the public and corporate sponsors.
Martha Jabour, Homicide Victim’s Support Group.
After the death of her second son, Michael, to cot death Martha trained as a grief and trauma counsellor and worked, both in a voluntary and paid position, with the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW. Building on her experience within the areas of grief, trauma, policy development, strategic planning and crisis management.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM, OAM
Having been through it himself, Angelo understands the importance for a safe healing centre like Grace’s Place at a very crucial and vulnerable time for victims of homicide.