The Stirling Women’s Centre has been recognised at an event at the City of Stirling today to mark 40 years of service to the community.
Mayor Mark Irwin said the 40 year milestone, which coincides with 16 Days in WA to stop violence against women, was a major achievement demonstrating the City’s commitment to helping women and children in crisis situations.
“In 1976 the City began supporting women and children escaping family and domestic violence from a small house in Morley and in 1979 the City of Stirling started the first purpose built refuge in WA, which we now know as the Stirling Women’s Centre,” Mayor Irwin said.
“The Centre continues to be the only local government managed refuge in the State and its success is due to the tireless work of staff and volunteers over the last 40 years who have helped thousands of families in need.”
As well as the refuge service, the Stirling Women’s Centre runs the successful North East Metro Safe at Home program, triages Family and Domestic Incident reports and looks after the Serene Centre which offers free workshops to empower and educate women and children. The Centre also provides advice to men who are victims of domestic violence and where to seek help.
Mayor Irwin said that the City was supporting the 16 Days in WA campaign and had illuminated the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre and iconic Lina statue in orange lights, along with installing two new purple benches to commemorate victims of domestic violence at Doric St in Scarborough and in Dianella Regional Open Space.
“We hope that these initiatives will raise awareness in our local community and encourage people to speak out in a bid to stop violence and abuse at home, at work and in the community,” Mayor Irwin said.
Mayor Irwin also called for the community to donate to the Stirling Women’s Centre Christmas Appeal which would help more than 50 families in crisis.
“For most of us giving presents is a normal Christmas activity, however not all families are as fortunate. We are therefore seeking donations of gifts for children, teenagers and women which will help to brighten their spirits during a very difficult time.”
Red donation bins can be found at the City’s main administration centre, Stirling libraries and leisure centres, and the City depot.
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