IN a WA first, women with complex needs escaping family and domestic violence will have access to a new therapeutic refuge in the Peel region from early 2021.
Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said she was pleased with the progress of the refuge and expected the planned model would ensure women could get their lives back on track.
The refuge is a key State Government election commitment to provide more crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence and more co-ordinated access to support services.
The therapeutic model acknowledges the health impacts of family and domestic violence and provides tailored services to survivors with complex issues related to mental health, substance use and intergenerational trauma.
A specialist multi-disciplinary team, including mental health professionals, domestic violence support workers, alcohol and drug counsellors, nurses and other service providers will support delivery of the service.
Ms McGurk said the State Government was undertaking a unique co-design process which included the Department of Communities, the Mental Health Commission and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services.
“In order to support women to leave violent situations and get their lives back on track, we need to provide services that look at the woman as a whole,’’ she said.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said family and domestic violence had been a major issue for the region and he was pleased the election commitment would be delivered during the first term of Government.
“The new refuge will complement the outstanding work a number of local agencies are doing to alleviate this issue in our community.’’