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

    Family and domestic violence support boosted in Perth’s south-east

    8/06/2018 3:30 PM
     
    • $247,400 for family and domestic violence support in Perth's south-eastern corridor
    • Grant to buy a new vehicle to support women and children fleeing domestic violence as well as revitalise two refuges 

    The State Government has provided a $247,400 grant to support Starick Services, a not-for-profit organisation which provides essential support to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence in Perth's south-east.

     

    Starick Services operates two refuges for women and children - a safe place where support workers provide crisis and transitional accommodation, outreach support, court and legal support, and community education.

     

    The Local Projects, Local Jobs grant will enable the organisation to purchase a vehicle for outreach workers, upgrade information technology (IT) and software, and revitalise gardens and outdoor spaces at the two refuges.

     

    In addition, a community linkage project will be undertaken with Starick's trained support workers visiting local schools and businesses, educating employers how to better respond to family and domestic violence.  As part of this work, a family and domestic violence resource kit for small to medium businesses will be developed.

     

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

     

    "Starick Services do an incredible and invaluable job in supporting women and children living in Perth's south-east and experiencing family and domestic violence.

     

    "This money will be critical in supporting survivors to get back on their feet, especially with the purchase of a vehicle to help transport clients to and from appointments, pick up donations and move household belongings.

     

    "This grant will also enable the organisation to upgrade their IT systems, revitalise the grounds at Starick House and Mary Smith Refuge, and work with local schools and businesses to increase awareness of family and domestic violence."

     

    Comment attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti:

     

    "As a local Member of Parliament, I am well aware of the great service Starick provides to the community. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to assist them in their work with women and children."

     

    Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire:

     

    "Starick has provided safety for women and children at crisis point for more than 30 years.

     

    "I'm proud to help Starick's emergency response while we also build awareness so we can eradicate this terrible problem."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6600