The City of Stirling is delighted to coordinate Naala Djookan Healing Centre in Mirrabooka, which will deliver a specialist service to support women, children and families at risk of or experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV).
Funded by the Department of Communities, Naala Djookan Healing Centre (which means ‘our sisters’ in Nyoongar language) will comprise a consortium of local service providers specialising in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The City is the lead organisation and will work alongside the following Mirrabooka Hub members to provide support to women and children throughout their journeys:
- Australian Childhood Foundation
- Ebenezer Aboriginal Corporation
- Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services
- Karla Kuliny Aboriginal Corporation
- Legal Aid Commission of WA
- Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre
- Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre
- Sudbury Community House Association
- Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Corporation.
The Healing Centre will provide a holistic response to support, empower and culturally strengthen our community, promoting overall wellbeing, safety and self-determination.
Mayor Mark Irwin said Naala Djookan Healing Centre aimed to provide a welcoming, inclusive and culturally responsive entry point for people in the community to increase their knowledge in relation to FDV and promote healing and empowerment.
“While Naala Djookan Healing Centre will be accessible for all women, a priority focus is to engage with and support women, children and families who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse,” he said.
“Leveraging from the extended networks and expertise of these local service providers, the Healing Centre will implement a new and innovative wrap-around response to family and domestic violence.”
The City has supported community members experiencing family and domestic violence for more than 40 years through the Stirling Women’s Centre, the first purpose-built refuge in WA.
Naala Djookan Healing Centre was opened by the Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence. Services are expected to be underway from mid-December 2020.
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