The Zahra Foundation are a South Australian based charity supporting women and children affected by domestic and family violence.

They specifically address the financial abuse and disadvantage women experience as a result of domestic violence, providing specifically tailored programs and services that promote the economic empowerment of women. 

The Zahra Foundation was established in 2015 following the tragic murder of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was killed by her former husband in 2010 after enduring 20 years of domestic violence.

Zahra’s Story

Zahra migrated to Australia with her husband and children in 1997, leaving behind her extended family and friends for the hope of a better life. The restrictions of being in an abusive and controlled marriage limited Zahra from living the full life that she had hoped for. Despite all this, Zahra embraced the opportunities in Australia.

In 2009, Zahra took the brave steps of leaving the family home with her children, receiving assistance from the Central Domestic Violence Services. Zahra and her children stayed in hiding to keep themselves safe from her abusive husband.

On 21 March 2010, Zahra attended the Persian New Year function at the Adelaide Convention Centre, to celebrate this cultural event and her 44th birthday. This celebration was cut short when her husband took her life in front of 300 witnesses.

Her legacy lives on through the commitment of her children and the establishment of the Zahra Foundation Australia, which was officially launched on 5 September 2015.

In honour of Zahra – the foundation's mission

The Zahra Foundation now works to help people live a life free of violence, recognising financial abuse and disadvantage is one of the biggest barriers to women leaving and remaining free of abusive relationships.

The foundation addresses this through the delivery of programs that promote the economic empowerment of women and their children. If you would like to find out more about the Zahra’s Foundation or how you could help, visit zahrafoundation.org.au

Why the Zahra Foundation?

We’re often asked how we choose organisations to sponsor, and the truth is, it’s never an easy process. With a vast range of not-for-profit groups out there doing such incredible work, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to just one.

The only exception to this rule has been the Zahra Foundation. We knew immediately after hearing Zahra’s story that we wanted to support this amazing organisation.

Credit Union SA is again proud to be the major sponsor for this year’s Ninth annual Women on the Run event

Women on the Run returns this March for its ninth year, with a target to raise $50,000 in support of domestic violence recovery. All South Australians are invited to walk or run the 4km-return stretch of beach between Grange and Henley jetties on Sunday, 17 March 2024.

Event details

Where: Grange Jetty Reserve
When: Sunday, 17 March 2024
Time: 8am registrations open for a 9am race start


  • $35 – Adult tickets (15+)
  • Kids under 15 are FREE

For those that can't join us on the day or walk the 4km, but want to support the event, virtual walk tickets are available for purchase:

  • $20 – Virtual walk ticket

Join the 2024 Zahra Foundation Australia Women on the Run event


The Zahra Foundation have a range of resources available for women who are wanting to understand the type and level of programs and services that they have available.

If you are requiring urgent crisis assistance for domestic and family violence it is important for you to access immediately. You are able to access services either by:

If you are in a situation of immediate danger please call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Quick Exit