THE Mandurah women’s refuge says it is in desperate need of funding.
The Labor Party has pledged $100,000 to Pat Thomas House for upgrades and repairs to existing facilities and says it would work with the organisation to identify suitable additional accommodation.
Pat Thomas House provides crisis accommodation, advocacy, support and counselling for women and children escaping, experiencing or affected by family and domestic violence.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the funding would help ensure women’s needs were met by an appropriate service, including accommodation for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, and families with children with disabilities.
He said the services would be cluster models using independent units.
“Having a strong and flexible range of crisis services will better support an integrated service system,’’ he said.
Between last July and December, 571 clients and 209 children found help at the refuge.