On 28 February 2015 Tara Maree Costigan was killed by her former partner with an axe as she held her eight day old baby girl.
Her sons, aged nine and eleven years old at the time, were powerless to stop the assault as they watched on. Tara's eighteen year old sister and her boyfriend were also injured as they bravely fought off the attack.
2 women are killed in Australia each week as a result of family and domestic violence. While Tara is just one of those women, the circumstances of her death attracted public interest and has led to her becoming a symbol of both grief and hope.
The community response and demand for change inspired us to form a of a positive legacy and establish our unique ‘Tara’s Angels’ caseworker service, which provides victims with a personal, qualified social worker for a period of two years. We are committed to support families as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of violence.
Tara will always remain the central personality and symbol of TCF. While Tara is the driving force behind everything we do, She now represents all women, children and men that have lost their lives or had their concept of love and safety in a family environment shattered.
The Tara Costigan Foundation works with the community, because together we are strong.