Day focuses on home violence
IN the south-east of Perth, there is an organisation which has been working tirelessly for 30 years to support women and children affected by family and domestic violence.
Tomorrow is White Ribbon Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about family and domestic violence and thanking organisations like Starick.
Starick House opened its doors in 1985 to those escaping violence at home and has now expanded to include two refuges for women with children as well as an op shop in Cloverdale.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Starick has released a booklet, The Faces of Starick, which looks at the people who have helped Starick become the organisation it is today.
Anne Muir has been with the organisation for 29 years and eventually became the first non-government domestic violence advocate to be based in a police station.
Her work involved talking to women who are experiencing domestic violence and offering them choices and support at court.
In the booklet, she explained many woman stay with their perpetrators because they believed it was safer.
“She thinks if she has the tea on the table at the right time and makes sure the children are clean and ready for bed, perhaps he won’t get angry and they’ll all get a good night’s sleep. This is her way of resisting the violence,” she said.
Ms Muir said it was important to remember she was an advocate, not an advice centre.
“I’ll be their (victims’) voice and generally take the pressure off when they don’t have the physical or mental energy to do it for themselves, but it’s not my job to tell them what to do.”
If you need help to escape a violent situation, call Crisis Care on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.