Bayswater: Orana House to hold A Conversation that Matters on domestic violence

Joel Levin.
Joel Levin.

A BAYSWATER women’s refuge aims to change conversations around family and domestic violence at its first community event.

Orana House has provided crisis accommodation, advocacy and holistic support for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence for more than 40 years.

They are holding an event called A Conversation that Matters on November 15 at Howdy Coffee in Bayswater.

Chairman Joel Levin said the event would discuss what more could be done in the community to help women and children live free from violence.

“Once the impacts of family and domestic violence come to a refuge, it is far too late,” he said.

“We struggle to meet the demand for families that come to us.

“There has been a number of pretty dramatic events in WA.

“One of the things that we are keen for people to understand that while those are significant events they are just the tip of the iceberg – the number of women and children that experiencing other form of violence, financial manipulation and emotional abuse is much more.

“It is something the community really needs to grapple with.”

Mr Levin hoped to see 40 people attend the event.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: A Conversation that Matters

Where: Howdy Coffee, 11 King William Street, Bayswater

When: November 15, from 5pm to 7.30pm

RSVP: Register at www.eventbrite.com.au

Cost: Free event. Donations are appreciated.