Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Work begins on Ellenbrook family refuge

    29/04/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • $2m State Government funding commitment for the construction of the refuge
    • Refuge to offer a safe place for women and children escaping domestic violence

    Construction of a new refuge for women and children escaping family and domestic violence is currently under way in Ellenbrook.

     

    The project is a collaborative partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Department of Housing.

     

    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the family refuge reflected the State Government's commitment to ensuring West Australians felt safe in their homes and communities.

     

    "As part of this commitment, $2 million has been provided for the construction of the refuge, with additional funding over four years allocated to operate the facility," Mrs Morton said.

     

    "The State Government made an election commitment to build two new refuges in the metropolitan area.  This refuge sees the first part of that commitment fulfilled.

     

    "The new refuge will offer five independent units of various sizes in a secure location.  It will include support and outreach services for both clients accommodated in the units and women in the community seeking support," the Minister said.

     

    The Department for Child Protection and Family Support will manage the refuge's operations and is currently seeking a service provider to run the facility.

     

    If you are experiencing family and domestic violence or concerned about becoming violent or abusive, contact the State-wide 24-hour helplines:

    • Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - free call 1800 007 339
    • Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - free call 1800 000 599.

          Fact File

    • The State Government works closely with the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services and other State and Federal agencies to develop, implement and monitor Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022
    • In 2014-15, the State Government provided about $21 million to fund 37 accommodation and support services for women and children escaping family and domestic violence
    • In 2014-15, $4.9 million was provided for 22 family and domestic violence counselling, advocacy and support services

    Minister's office - 6552 6900