The fight to protect and educate children who have been effected by domestic violence received a significant boost on Thursday, with Community Sector Banking donating $25,000 to Pat Thomas House.
The money will go directly to the local crisis service’s Kids Against Violence program, which offers children a safe environment to understand family violence, acknowledge abuse, and express their feelings.
It will also provide safety planning, aiming to support 2,000 children in the next 12 months.
“This money will help give us to the tools to support these children in the Mandurah community,” Pat Thomas House executive officer Jill Robinson said.
“A lot of it is about educating the kids – we aim to break the cycle to make sure violent behaviour doesn’t become ‘the norm’ for them.
“These funds will go a long way to helping us give children a safe space, and support them if they’ve suffered any trauma.”
The money is donated through Community Sector Banking’s social investment grant program, with state business manager Rebecca Lucas saying the firm was honoured to support Pat Thomas House.
“Programs that address the root cause of social issues are key to help strengthen our communities, and this innovative program does just that,” she said.
“It will deliver the support and safety skills young children need to build their resilience.”
For more information on Pat Thomas House visit patthomashouse.org.au or call 9535 4775.