REFUGE houses at Patricia Giles Centre have received their first major makeover since opening in 1994.
Chief executive Tillie Prowse said the three houses, where women and children can escape domestic violence, had new kitchens, tiles and walls repainted recently.
“Since they were opened in 1994, very little work has been done,” she said.
“The Patricia Giles Centre has been providing family and domestic violence services to the community of Perth since 1986, opening our first women and children’s refuge in 1989.
“Since this time, we’ve grown to include a range of integrated wrap-around services and partnered with some amazing not-for-profits.
“Women and their children come to our refuges having experienced often many years of physical, emotional, financial and psychological abuse at the hands of their partners.
“Our clients’ first experience of the refuge is so important. They have come from traumatic situations and their refuge home needs to be a place of calmness, homeliness and warmth.”