Parents the victims of abuse from teenagers

Katrina Burns and Pat Giles Centre Chief Executive Kedy Kristal.
Katrina Burns and Pat Giles Centre Chief Executive Kedy Kristal.

A WOMEN⿿S refuge will use a state grant to tackle teenager violence towards parents.

The Patricia Giles Centre is set to receive $29,500 through the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program.

Chief executive Kedy Kristal said the funding would go towards a pilot program, ‘Step up and speak out’ for parents whose teenagers were being abusive and the teenagers themselves.

Ms Kristal said the program was modified from an American one, and they would run group sessions for parents and teenagers, with combined sessions in Joondalup and Mirrabooka.

“We will be working in the area of domestic violence, where there has been domestic violence in the parents’ past and how that has impacted on the teenagers,” she said.

“(The program is) unique to WA as far as we know – we would be looking for ongoing funding.

“It’s a growing area of demand – teenage abuse and violence.”

Ms Kristal said the program would help teenagers manage their behaviour and participants could be referred by other agencies or refer themselves.

Attorney General Michael Mischin said 16 local government and not-for-profit groups would receive $2.34 million in the latest round of grants.

“It is heartening to see organisations focusing their efforts on the forgotten victims of crime, such as parents who suffer violence at the hands of their teenage children and seniors at risk from elder abuse and cyber crime,” he said.

“There is also a strong emphasis on helping the young, whether it’s to steer them away from drugs, alcohol, crime and antisocial behaviour; keeping them in school; or providing support to those suffering mental illness or trauma from abuse.”