Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    $1 million for domestic violence counselling in Peel

    1/12/2017 11:00 AM
     
    • ​Growing Peel region gets extra support to help victims of domestic violence
    • $7 million provided for family and domestic violence counselling, advocacy and support services throughout the State in 2017-18 

    Mandurah-based Allambee Counselling is set to receive $1 million in funding over four years to bolster the support it provides to the growing Peel community.

     

    For more than 25 years, Allambee has supported people in the region who have been experiencing sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence and trauma.

     

    Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk announced the funding today as part of the McGowan Government's 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

     

    The campaign is the McGowan Government's contribution to the United Nations' annual '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' campaign. It marks the 16 days between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also White Ribbon Day) on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10.

     

    During 2017-18, the McGowan Government will provide about $7 million for family and domestic violence counselling, advocacy and support services throughout the State. This includes $1.36 million for support services provided by Peel's Pat Thomas House.

     

    The Women's Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1188 or freecall 1800 007 339) is a State-wide, 24-hour service. It provides support for women experiencing family and domestic violence.

     

    1800RESPECT (freecall 1800 737 732) is a national online sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

     

    Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "Violence against women and their children has a profound and long-term impact on their health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole.

     

    "In Western Australia, the McGowan Government is working hard to respond to family and domestic violence in the community through victim safety; perpetrator accountability; a responsive justice system; and early intervention and prevention.

     

    "There's a lot of work that needs to be done here in WA but we can all be part of the solution. We need to change the conversation in our homes, communities and workplaces to end violence against women - 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women gives us the opportunity to do just that."

     

    Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman:

     

    "There was no previous arrangement to increase funding for family and domestic violence counselling services in line with population increases in the Peel region.

     

    "With a projected population of 444,000 people by 2050, the need for increased support services was critical.

     

    "This Government is working to prevent the incidence of violence against women and importantly, support the victims of family and domestic violence. With the new services starting in January 2018, this is great news for the Peel region."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6600