New Kwinana women’s refuge to help domestic violence survivors

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A new women's refuge in Kwinana will deliver crucial accommodation and support services to women and children escaping family and domestic violence.

The Kwinana refuge will be a purpose-built facility with a specific focus on women with disabilities, Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and women with larger families including older boys.

It will increase the State's bed capacity and support existing family and domestic violence refuges in addressing demand for safe crisis accommodation.

The announcement comes after the State Government revealed plans earlier this year for a refuge in the Peel region, which will for the first time in WA use a therapeutic model that looks at each person's needs as a whole.

The two new facilities are due to commence operations in November 2020.

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said the refuges will meet the needs of women and their children fleeing family and domestic violence all year round.

"Family and domestic violence affects Western Australians of all backgrounds, with devastating effects on victims, their families and communities," she said.

"The Kwinana women's refuge will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be staffed at all times to provide timely support and culturally safe services to clients."

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