Mindarie resident appeals for donations for victims of violence


Kat from Patricia Giles Centre/Rebecca West refuge, Athina Merkouris and Helen Randall. Picture: Bruce Hunt           d462708
Kat from Patricia Giles Centre/Rebecca West refuge, Athina Merkouris and Helen Randall. Picture: Bruce Hunt         d462708

MINDARIE resident Helen Randall is appealing for |donations to help victims of domestic violence this festive season.

Ms Randall said donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, toys and treats would be given to the Patricia Giles Centre and its Rebecca West House refuge.

The appeal was driven by her concern for the one-in- four women nationally who experience physical, emotional or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

“Refuges like Pat Giles and Rebecca West are a valuable resource in our community and are in desperate need of community support,” Ms Randall said.

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“Christmas time is a crucial period for these centres.

“Donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, toys, treats, gift cards or vouchers, iTunes cards, Christmas hampers etc, are greatly |appreciated and can be |collected or delivered until December 10.”

Ms Randall said people might not be aware that someone they knew was a victim of domestic violence because “the bruises are not always physical”.

“Emotional abuse is silent to the undetecting eye; it can make women feel |depressed, fearful for their life, unworthy and even suicidal,” she said.

To donate, visit Facebook or call Ms Randall on 0415 904 206.