Clients who use the services at Foundation House come from diverse backgrounds, with more than 30 countries of origin represented and more than 15 language groups. The majority of clients enter Australia as part of the Federal Government's Refugee and Humanitarian Program.
The demographics of the Foundation House client base change over time to reflect movements in the conflicts around the world. For current information on the countries of origin of Foundation House clients click here to see annual reports. Sadly, it is estimated that state sanctioned violence is prevalent in more than 150 countries, with up to one in three people with refugee backgrounds world wide having been subject to physical torture.
Exposure to physical or psychological violence is not confined to adults. Many children and young people from refugee backgrounds have witnessed horrific events and in some regimes have been the specific targets of torture.
Foundation House was established to address the unique needs of people who have survived such terrible circumstances. While fear does not end nor does trauma necessarily disappear with arrival in a safe country, the provision of sensitive services can enable individuals to recover and rebuild their lives.