Star­ick grant for vi­o­lence support

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - MID-YEAR ADJUSTMENT -

THE State Govern­ment has pro­vided a $247,400 grant to support Star­ick Ser­vices, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides support to women and chil­dren flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The Bel­mont-based or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates two refuges for women and chil­dren, safe places where lo­cal support work­ers pro­vide cri­sis and tran­si­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion, out­reach support, court and le­gal support, and com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion.

Preven­tion of Vi­o­lence Min­is­ter Simone McGurk said the money would be piv­otal to support sur­vivors get­ting back on their feet.

“This grant will also en­able the or­gan­i­sa­tion to up­grade its IT sys­tems, re­vi­talise the grounds at Star­ick House and Mary Smith Refuge and work with lo­cal schools and busi­nesses to in­crease aware­ness of fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” she said.

A com­mu­nity link­age project will also be held, with Star­ick’s trained support work­ers vis­it­ing lo­cal schools and busi­nesses, ed­u­cat­ing em­ploy­ers how to bet­ter re­spond to fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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