Funds to fight abuse

Pinjarra Murray Times - - OPINION -

PAT Thomas House cel­e­brated a $25,000 So­cial In­vest­ment Grant from Com­mu­nity Sec­tor Bank­ing for an in­no­va­tive project de­signed to help chil­dren with do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence is­sues.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was one of six across Aus­tralia to win fund­ing, judged for its in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity.

Pat Thomas House ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jill Robin­son said such in­vest­ments in holis­tic pro­grams were vi­tal to sup­port the most vul­ner­a­ble in the com­mu­nity and ad­dress en­trenched so­cial is­sues like fam­ily vi­o­lence.

“Chil­dren can ex­pe­ri­ence the great­est im­pacts from fam­ily vi­o­lence but at the same time they have an in­cred­i­ble ca­pac­ity to learn and build their re­silience,” she said.

The pro­gram, Kids Against Vi­o­lence, will of­fer chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and 14 a safe en­vi­ron­ment to un­der­stand fam­ily vi­o­lence, ac­knowl­edge abuse and ex­press their feel­ings. It will also pro­vide safety planning, aim­ing to sup­port 2000 chil­dren in the next 12 months.

The Man­durah-based refuge, built in 1986, pro­vides sup­ported cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion for women with chil­dren and sin­gle women es­cap­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and fam­ily abuse.

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