Funds to help stop vi­o­lence

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

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.

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