The State Government’s long-term vision for a Western Australia where all people live free from family and domestic violence was launched today by the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, Premier, and the Honourable Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.
Path to Safety: Western Australia’s Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020 – 2030 sets out a clear whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to family and domestic violence over the next decade.
It is part of a comprehensive package of reforms and initiatives delivered by the State Government, in its unwavering commitment to keeping women and children safe from this devastating crime.
The Premier announced a further $28 million funding to be allocated to additional outreach workers in family and domestic violence refuges, strengthening family and domestic violence response teams, and expanding the Peel and Kwinana Women’s Refuges.
The refuges’ original combined construction cost was approximately $5 million but with the additional funding they will now receive a further $4 million. This funding will enable a further six accommodation units to be built at each of the refuge sites.
Minister McGurk announced that Pindan Projects has been appointed the construction contract for the Peel and Kwinana Refuges.
An analysis of police data on family and domestic violence incidences and service provision gaps indicated Peel and Kwinana were areas of high risk and need in the community.
The new Peel Refuge will, for the first time in Western Australia, use a therapeutic model that takes a whole-person approach. This will be the first non-crisis refuge women and their children are referred to through a coordinated and planned approach with other refuges.
The Kwinana Refuge will provide person-centred integrated responses for women and their children who are escaping family and domestic violence. The refuge will include a focus on women with disability, older women, women from Aboriginal and culturally and or linguistically diverse communities, and women with larger families including older boys.
Consultation on the co-design of the two new refuges took place with family and domestic violence victims, community service providers, peak bodies and government agencies.
Construction of both refuges commenced in February 2020 and completion is anticipated for early November, with service delivery to commence at the end of November 2020.
Minister McGurk urged all Western Australians to take a stand against family and domestic violence and support the Strategy, and show no tolerance for gender-based violence or the conditions of gender inequality that enable it to occur.