Accommodation capacity doubled at Peel women's refuge

Member for Mandurah David Templeman MLA, Member for Dawesville Lisa Munday MLA and Member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA at the launch of the refuge expansion. PIC:Facebook

A women's refuge in the Peel region has received a major boost with the accommodation capacity doubled.

The Warlang Bidi refuge has just undergone a $2 million expansion which will see the number of accommodation units increased from 6 to 12.

The therapeutic refuge, a first of its kind for WA, supports women and children fleeing family and domestic violence.

It also delivers co-ordinated and tailored services for women who may be experiencing mental health concerns or harm from alcohol and other drugs.

"Family and domestic violence is never acceptable, but it is a significant issue across Western Australia," Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said.

"Warlang Bidi is the first refuge in WA to deliver a therapeutic service model, addressing a critical service gap for the family and domestic violence sector.

"In doubling the refuge's accommodation capacity, we are enabling more women escaping violence to access the specialist services on offer at this innovative facility, which helps to improve residents' wellbeing and build their capability and resilience."

The refuge has operated at full capacity since it opened in November last year.

Warlang Bidi means 'healthy path' in Noongar language, reflecting the aim to support women through their healing journey.

The launch of the Warlang Bidi refuge expansion coincides with day eight of the State Government's annual 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women and their families.

The campaign promotes community awareness and challenges views that can prevent survivors from seeking help or assistance. 

 

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