Day fo­cuses on home violence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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