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Two new women’s refuges in Kwinana and the Peel region were officially opened by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk in December 2020.
Establishing the new refuges was a commitment under the State Government’s Stopping Family and Domestic Violence Policy (PDF, 304KB). This policy outlines a strong commitment to keeping Western Australian women and their children safe with a comprehensive package of reforms aimed at supporting victims of family and domestic violence (FDV).
Warlang Bidi – Supporting Women and Children is based in the Peel region. It is WA’s first therapeutic women’s refuge and is tailored to provide specialist, person-centred responses for women who are escaping FDV, presenting with or without children, who also have mental health concerns and/or harm from alcohol and other drugs.
Warlang Bidi means “healthy path” in Noongar language, reflecting the therapeutic goals of the refuge in seeing the individual needs of each person, and providing the range of supports they need.
Refuge operator OVIS Community Services (previously Pat Thomas House) has partnered with Allambee Counselling to coordinate therapeutic services at the refuge.
The Andrea Mia women's refuge in Kwinana will deliver crucial crisis accommodation and support services to women and children escaping FDV.
The purpose-built facility will be operated by the Lucy Saw Centre Association. It has been designed to be accessible to all women, including women with disability, older women, women from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and women with larger families, including older boys.
Andrea Mia means “Andrea’s House” and has been named in tribute to Andrea Pickett, who passed away as a result of family and domestic violence in 2009. Her passing led to the 2012 Hope Inquest, which was a catalyst for significant change in WA’s family and domestic violence system. With the permission and blessing of Andrea’s family, her name has been chosen for a safe and secure place for women and children to call home.
The Andrea Mia refuge will increase the State’s accommodation capacity and support existing FDV refuges in addressing demand for safe crisis accommodation.
Both refuges will support women and their children to live healthy lives, free from violence.
On 22 July 2020 the State Government announced a further $4 million to go towards the construction of the Peel and Kwinana Refuges, $2 million per refuge.
This new funding will enable an additional six accommodation units to be built at each of the refuge sites.
More information on the expansion can be found in the news item 'New measures designed to tackle violence against women and children'.
Communities will publish information and updates about the Peel Refuge and Kwinana Refuge on this page.
Information and updates will also be provided via email to those who have registered their interest in either refuge.
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Communiques for the Peel Refuge are available on the FDV Women’s Refuge Communiques web page or via email to those who attended the co-design session or registered their interest in the Peel Refuge.
Co-design findings for both refuges are available on the FDV Women’s Refuge Co-design Findings web page or via email to those who have attended the co-design sessions or registered their interest in either refuge.