Crisis accommodation, confidential support and
advocacy for lone women and women with
children escaping family and domestic (FDV).
South West Refuge Inc
“ Behaviour which results in physical, sexual and/or
psychological damage, forced social isolation,
economic deprivation, or behaviour that causes the
victim to live in fear.”Excerpt from Department of Child Protection Webpage 2012
Family and domestic violence refers to the use of
violence and abuse by one person in a relationship to
create fear and to control another person.
Definition of Domestic and Family Violence
• Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that
affects more than one third of all women globally according to
a new report. “These findings send a powerful message that
violence against women is a global health problem of
epidemic proportions,”Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health
Organisation(WHO)20 June 2013
• Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) is the most common form
of assault in Australia today.
• The National Council To Reduce Violence Against Women And
Their Children has estimated the cost of domestic violence to
the Australian community is around $13.6 billion per year (2011)
• Domestic violence is the number one driver of homelessness
in Australia ( Bob McColl ABS Statistician 2012).
• In Western Australia FDV is the leading contributor to
preventable death of women.
• Nearly 50% of people know someone who is affected by
family and domestic violence.
Children and Family/Domestic Violence
• Violence in the home poses a threat to children’s physical,
emotional, psychological, social, educational and behavioural
wellbeing (McGee 2000; Morgan & Chadwick 2009; Richards forthcoming; Tomison 2000; Tucci
et al. 2005; Zerk, Martin & Proeve 2009).
• It is estimated that in 30% to 60% of families where
domestic violence is a factor, child abuse is also occurring
• A national study of young people found that around one
quarter of young Australians (aged 12 – 20) have witnessed
domestic violence. National Crime Prevention, Young Australians and Domestic Violence (2001)
What is the role of South West Refuge?
• South West Refuge provides crisis accommodation,
confidential support and advocacy to individual women and
women with children who may be at risk of or experiencing
family and/or domestic violence (FDV).
• We also offer support and advocacy through the Safe at
Home Program and FDV Outreach.
• Our transitional housing units support women and their
children who are leaving the Refuge but are not yet able to
access more permanent housing.
• Our service area covers the South West Region, an area of
approximately 24,000 square kilometres.
• We have been supporting the South West Community for nearly
• We provide advocacy and support through a culturally
appropriate case management model that seeks to empower
women to make choices and to link them to other agencies that
provide specialist services.
• Our Child Care advocate supports women staying at the Refuge by
providing child care so the women can attend appointments and
child advocacy to support children on their journey.
Safe at Home Program
• Safe at Home aims to prevent homelessness by keeping
women and children safe in their home after the perpetrator
has left or been removed if it is safe to do so.
The Service offers:
• Confidential specialised advocacy
• Assessments/home security audits and upgrades, personal
• Information, transport and support
• Referral to specialised services
Some Important FDV Contacts
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339
Kid’s Helpline 1800 551 800
Crisis Care Unit 1800 199 008
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599
South West Refuge 9791 2894