Kids’ ser­vice at cri­sis point

Fremantle Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH -

A VI­TAL do­mes­tic vi­o­lence coun­selling ser­vice for chil­dren is in dan­ger of clos­ing and needs help.

Angli­care WA’s free Young Hearts ser­vice is at a cri­sis point since the Man­durah of­fice was forced to close last year and the Rock­ing­ham of­fice be­came part-time.

Wait­ing lists for an ap­point­ment are now more than six months.

Court or­ders from the Fam­ily Court of WA to at­tend Young Hearts have been ad­versely af­fected by the long wait­ing list. The in-de­mand ser­vice is for chil­dren up to 18 years old and is rec­om­mended by the Fam­ily Court of WA, the De­part­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion, WA Po­lice, schools, hospi­tals and com- WHEN:

mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It is ded­i­cated to break­ing the cy­cle of fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by reach­ing out to chil­dren be­fore any prob­lems arise.

A ma­jor fundraiser, An­gels Ris­ing – Din­ner in the Cathe­dral, is on Novem­ber 10 and has been or­gan­ised for the ser­vice. It is an allinclu­sive three-course din­ner with ex­ec­u­tive chef Chris Tay­lor.

Visit www.an­gel­sris­ing. org.au.

“I DO not want to be the mum who hits her chil­dren.” This is a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivor’s story. It is in­tended to high­light that ask­ing for help can trans­form lives for the bet­ter. Names have not been used to pro­tect the vic­tims. Angli­care staff Melissa, Jacky and James.

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