New Peel women's domestic violence refuge scheduled to open doors in November

The Peel region's new family and domestic violence Therapeutic Women's Refuge is scheduled to open its doors in November, 2020.

Last week, the WA government announced more than $2.4 million in funding to support operations at the centre over the next four years.

The refuge, which will be the second one established in Mandurah, will provide tailored support services to domestic violence survivors.

It will boast a specialist multi-disciplinary team with mental health professionals, domestic violence support workers, alcohol and drug counsellors, and nurses and trauma support will be available for children and families.

The latest cash injection will help to establish and run the refuge for women fleeing abusive relationships who may have co-occurring mental health issues or substance misuse.

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said the refuge was the first of its kind in Western Australia.

"The new refuge will deliver family and domestic violence supports in partnership with mental health and alcohol and drug services," she said.

"This service model recognises and responds to the health and wellbeing impacts of family and domestic violence.

"A key aspect of the Peel therapeutic refuge is that it will not only address women's safety needs, but work to support their mental and other health needs too."

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The Mandurah Mail helped to lead the charge for the new women's refuge back in 2018 after the state government committed to it in 2017 but, a year later, nothing had eventuated.

In September 2018, the Mail reported that about 140 people had been turned away from Pat Thomas House, the only refuge in the region, over a six-month period.

WA Police statistics also showed domestic violence in the Peel region had increased significantly over the last decade.

In March 2019, the call was heard with the announcement of the second refuge.

Mandurah MP David Templeman, who was pivotal in securing the facility for the Peel region, said it was a "welcome addition" to the current network of services dedicated to combating family and domestic violence.

"The Peel Therapeutic Refuge is an important addition to local services for women and children escaping family and domestic violence, including the existing women's refuge in the area," he said.

"The refuge has been designed to meet the individual needs of women and children experiencing family and domestic violence - particularly when alcohol and/or other drugs is a factor.

"Family and domestic violence supports will be delivered in partnership with mental health and alcohol and drug services."

If you need help with domestic violence, contact 1800 RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or phone the crisis care family helpline on 08 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.

In an emergency, phone 000.