Makeover for refuges

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

REFUGE houses at Pa­tri­cia Giles Cen­tre have re­ceived their first ma­jor makeover since open­ing in 1994.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Til­lie Prowse said the three houses, where women and chil­dren can es­cape do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, had new kitchens, tiles and walls re­painted re­cently.

“Since they were opened in 1994, very lit­tle work has been done,” she said.

“The Pa­tri­cia Giles Cen­tre has been pro­vid­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices to the com­mu­nity of Perth since 1986, open­ing our first women and chil­dren’s refuge in 1989.

“Since this time, we’ve grown to in­clude a range of in­te­grated wrap-around ser­vices and part­nered with some amaz­ing not-for-prof­its.

“Women and their chil­dren come to our refuges hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced of­ten many years of phys­i­cal, emo­tional, fi­nan­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal abuse at the hands of their part­ners.

“Our clients’ first ex­pe­ri­ence of the refuge is so im­por­tant. They have come from trau­matic sit­u­a­tions and their refuge home needs to be a place of calm­ness, home­li­ness and warmth.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kat Wise­man helped re­paint the refuge houses. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469616

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