New domestic violence support facility for Rockingham

Federal Attorney General Christian Porter with SCALES Managing Director, Gai Walker.
Federal Attorney General Christian Porter with SCALES Managing Director, Gai Walker.

A NEW domestic violence unit has been a timely addition to Rockingham after local services struggled to keep pace with demand.

The Rockingham Kwinana Domestic Violence Unit will bring together a range of services for those in need in one place.

The Federal Attorney General Christian Porter officially opened the unit at the SCALES Community Legal Centre in Rockingham.

“This unit is focused on helping those women who are experiencing, or who are at risk of family violence, by making sure that all the services they need can be accessed quickly, simply and without them having to contact multiple providers,” he said.

He said the unit partnered various local service providers to bring together all the support needed by an individual.

It includes financial counselling, mental health support and crisis accommodation.

The Attorney-General said the Turnbull Government takes the issue of family violence seriously.

“It’s a stark reality that far too many women face domestic violence, or are at risk of domestic violence, every day,” he said.

“There’s no doubt that for anyone trying to escape a violent relationship, the ease of accessing the services they need to help them is critical.”

This new unit is one of six at a total cost of $3.4 million, funded by the government.