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In January 2017 the State Government released its Stopping Family and Domestic Violence Policy (PDF, 304KB). This policy outlines a strong commitment to keeping Western Australian women and their children safe and has introduced a comprehensive package of reforms aimed at supporting victims of family and domestic violence (FDV).
The Policy includes a commitment to establish two additional FDV Women’s Refuges, to strengthen and improve access to appropriate services. The Department of Communities (Communities) has progressed the commitment to establish the Peel Therapeutic Women’s Refuge (Peel Refuge) and the Kwinana Women’s Refuge (Kwinana Refuge).
The Peel Refuge will be 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. This therapeutic refuge service model will be the first of its kind in Western Australia.
A new women's refuge in Kwinana will deliver crucial accommodation and support services to women and children escaping FDV.
The Kwinana refuge will be a purpose-built facility and will 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.
It 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 Tuesday 1 September the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk announced the successful operators of the State Government’s new Family and Domestic Violence Women’s Refuges.
OVIS Community Services has been awarded the contract to operate the Peel Family and Domestic Violence Therapeutic Women’s Refuge, and the Lucy Saw Centre Association has been awarded the contract to operate the Kwinana Family and Domestic Violence Women’s Refuge.
OVIS Community Services (formerly known as Pat Thomas House) and the Lucy Saw Centre Association already have a number of service provision contracts with the State Government in the area of family and domestic violence.
Service provision for both Refuges is on track for commencement in late November 2020.
More information on the successful operators and future Refuge expansion can be found in the news item New women’s refuge operators appointed ahead of opening.
On 22 July 2020 the State Government announced a further $4 million to go towards the construction of the Peel and Kwinana Refuges.
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'.
Caption: Anne Moore, Chair of the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence WA, Simone McGurk, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, Damien Green, CEO of Stopping Family Violence, Premier Mark McGowan, and MP Robyn Clarke, Member for Murray-Wellington standing at the Peel Refuge construction site.
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 are participating in co-design sessions and/or have registered their interest in either refuge.
If you have any queries or require any information provided in an alternative format please email email@example.com.
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.