Zig Zag was established in May 1988, as an initiative of the Youth Advocacy Centre to provide a service that responded to the unique needs of young women in the Brisbane region; these identified needs included responding to issues relating to sexual violence and harassment, accommodation and the need to create a safe place for young women to obtain advice, support and information without fear of ridicule or harassment.
Established as a community based organisation based on principles of feminism and community development, the office was located in Fortitude Valley before relocating to Camp Hill in 1991, where Zig Zag is still currently situated. Funding was initially allocated for two full-time positions in the role of Young Women’s Community Resource Workers. By 1989 funding was received for three roles these were a part time Housing Worker, Incest/Sexual Abuse Support Worker and a Health Worker.
Over the last thirty years, Zig Zag has facilitated many projects and workshops including the “Redressing Brisbane Project”, “I Decide Project” and “Speak Up Speak Out”. The organisation has published resources including, “Connecting The Threads – A Resource for Workers Working With Sexually Abused Young Women”, “Lighting The Path”, “Healing is Possible”, “Somewhere To Call Home” and hosted many Young Women’s Forums where young women have been able to make recommendations to workers, organisations and Government policy makers on how to best meet their needs.