Kids’ service at crisis point
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:
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.