A MANDURAH woman’s refuge is in desperate need of funding.
A Labor Government would provide $100,000 to Pat Thomas House for upgrades and repairs to existing facilities and 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.
“Women and children often find themselves in situations of homelessness when leaving an abusive relationship and as a result, family and domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Australia.’’
Between July and December 571 clients and 209 children found help at the refuge.