Funds to fight abuse
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.