Funds to help stop violence
As the festive season approaches, domestic violence levels have begun to surge in the Peel region but a funding boost to a local counselling service is offering some hope.
Mandurah-based Allambee Counselling is set to receive $1 million in funding over four years to bolster the support it provides to the growing Peel community.
For more than 25 years, Allambee has supported people in the region who have been experiencing sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence and trauma.
The funds were announced on Friday as part of the State Government’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
Allambee manager Nicci Lambert said she was “extremely grateful” for the funding.
“This will make a massive difference for the women and children in this region,” she said.
“Counselling is such a vital part of the process in stopping violence into the future.
“It’s not just about healing the trauma that people have experienced, it’s also about breaking down the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence by helping women to recover from the experiences that they’ve had and then to learn about themselves and relationships.”
Mandurah is considered a domestic violence hotspot, with 1864 incidents attended to by police in 2015-16.
In the same period, WA had the second-highest number of domestic violence incidents in the country, behind the Northern Territory.
WA Police figures also show a sharp rise in reported family violence incidents during the 2016-17 Christmas holiday period when compared to the daily average.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the statistics around domestic violence in the Peel region were disappointing but work was being done to reverse the trend.
“I’m not proud that we have such a terrible statistic . . . but this funding is going to go a long way towards addressing those interventions and support and counselling services that are needed,” he said.