Association refuge for abused victims

Relationships Australia WA and the Women’s Law Centre will launch Djinda Services tomorrow, a free program which provides support, advocacy and referrals to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced family violence or sexual assault.

Djinda Services operates from West Leederville, but will provide an outreach service one day a week in Langford and Midland.

Aboriginal Services senior manager Angela Ryder said the Aboriginal community had been lobbying for a program such as Djinda for the past 20 years.

‘It’s sad that we have to have services like this,’ she said.

‘Family violence is not our way and not our culture, but it’s important that we have them in place for people in need.’

Djinda Services provides women access to free legal advice about their situation as well as counselling, accommodation, medical, financial and employment services.

Men experiencing family violence can also gain access to legal support services through Djinda referrals.