Victims of family and domestic violence in the Stirling electorate will have better access to support and donations with a local crisis centre receiving a funding boost to upgrade its storage facilities.
The Stirling Women’s Centre, which provides help and accommodation to women and children fleeing violent situations, has been given a $6,000 grant under the Coalition’s Stronger Communities Programme.
The funding has been used to purchase and install new shelving and other storage solutions so that the refuge can accept more generous donations from the public.
Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said the centre is an important safety net in the community, with domestic violence one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia.
“The Stirling Women’s Centre is an incredibly valuable service for local women and children trying to find a safe place after escaping from violence at home,” Mr Keenan said.
“In just 18 months, the refuge has assisted nearly 1,000 victims – revealing just how prevalent and serious domestic violence is in our community.
“This upgrade will allow donations such as clothing, linen and toys to be easily sorted and distributed, streamlining the process for those who are most in need.”
The project has been jointly-funded by the Federal Government and Stirling.
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the centre has already been making use of the new facility.
“Thanks to the generous funding provided through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, the refuge has constructed an onsite storage facility that helps staff keep donations secure, in order and in one accessible location,” Mayor Irwin said.
“It also acts as a ‘little shop’ and allows clients and children, who often come to the refuge with nothing, to browse and choose clothes for themselves – which makes it an empowering and enjoyable experience.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence at home and is in need of help or support, please contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information about the Stirling Women’s Centre please phone (08) 9205 7375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.