Mandurah-based counselling service receives $1m funding commitment from State Govt to fight domestic violence

Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Allambee manager Nicci Lambert and Minister Simone McGurk.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Allambee manager Nicci Lambert and Minister Simone McGurk.

PEEL is a WA hot spot for domestic violence, a statistic of which Mandurah MLA David Templeman says he is not proud.

But some help came this morning when the State Government fulfilled a pre-election promise and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk provided Mandurah-based organisation Allambee Counselling with $1 million over four years to bolster the support it provides to a growing community.

The funding is a part of the State Government’s 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women.

Ms McGurk said much work needed to be done in WA “but we can all be part of the solution”.

“We need to change the conversation in our homes, communities and workplaces to end violence against women and the campaign gives us a chance to do that, ”she said.

“Violence against women and children has a profound and long-term impact on society as a whole.”

Ms McGurk said the more people were made aware of domestic violence, the more victims would come forward.

Allambee manager Nicci Lambert said the funding would be fantastic for the whole community.

“We will be able to employ more staff and make plans for the future,’’ she said.

“This is a huge opportunity for Peel.”

According to Mr Templeman, the need for increased support was critical with a projected population of 444,000 by 2050.

“The funding will go a long way to show domestic violence is not acceptable.’’

Allambee Counselling was established 25 years ago when, according to Mr Templeman, its founders saw a need.

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