Grant for Mandurah women’s refuge


Refuge advocates Tania and Suzanne. Picture: Jon Hewson d454796
Refuge advocates Tania and Suzanne. Picture: Jon Hewson d454796

PAT Thomas House women’s refuge in Mandurah received a $112,228 grant from the State Government’s Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program.

Dawesville MLA Kim Hames said the grant would go towards equipping women in crisis accommodation with stay safe strategies and educate them about the cycle of family violence.

The organisation will also work with community groups and local service organisations to brief them on how they might recognise domestic violence and refer victims on to appropriate support services.

“Many of the refuge’s clients only stay there for a few days or a few weeks before returning to an abusive relationship,” Dr Hames said.

“The purpose of the project is to employ a specialist who can work flexible hours and support these clients through a one-off, intensive education process.”

“The specialist will also suggest how they can support their children, who may be demonstrating challenging behaviour as a result of trauma.”