Patricia Giles Centre delivers a range of quality services and programs that respond to family violence and homelessness.

Need assistance?

If you are experiencing or escaping family and domestic violence we can assist you with:

  • Safe accommodation in a crisis or emergency
  • Housing support programs
  • Women and children’s counselling
  • Safe at Home program which aims to help you remain safe in your own home

Do you have someone in your life who:

  • Makes it hard for you to leave the house?
  • Doesn’t let you have your own friends?
  • Keeps you short of money?
  • Makes you feel stupid, crazy, worthless?
  • Threatens you if you leave, talk to a lawyer or go to the police?
  • Hurts you physically?
  • Makes you have sex when you don’t want to?
  • Keeps putting you down?
  • Intentionally hurt pets or other animals?

If you can indentify with any of this, please contact us.

Our priority is to help you find safety, security and stability by offering you:

  • Safe space
  • Support, understanding and respect
  • Practical assistance, resources, referrals and advocacy
  • Experience and expertise

How we support you

Our approach is personalised to you and your needs. By working closely with other services we make sure you receive the assistance that best suits your situation.

We offer culturally appropriate services and welcome women and children from all cultures and backgrounds.

What is family and domestic violence?

Family and domestic violence is when one person wants to control and have power over another. They can be an intimate partner, a parent, a child, a sibling, a carer ... anyone in your household.

There are many types of family and domestic violence including:

  • Physical

    Hurting you (pushing, slapping, punching, choking, kicking or pulling your hair), or threatening to hurt you, a loved one or a pet.

  • Financial

    Controlling your money, denying or restricting access to money, stealing from you, controlling what you can and can’t buy.

  • Sexual

    Being pressured or forced into sexual activities.

  • Social isolation

    Being kept isolated from family and friends, controlling where you go, who you speak to and whether you can work.

  • Emotional and psychological

    Manipulation, shouting, humiliation, telling you that you're worthless or stupid.

  • Spiritual and cultural

    Denying your ability to go to your place of worship or to express your religious beliefs, cultural beliefs and values.

What if it’s happening to someone you know?

Someone you know may confide in you about their situation, or you may have noticed something and want to help. The most important thing you can do is to listen without judging and respect whatever decision she may make. The best support you can offer is to help her find ways to become stronger and safer.

Things you can say:

  • I believe you
  • You do not deserve to be abused
  • I am afraid for your safety and the safety of your children
  • Do you need help to find out what services are available?

Important Numbers

About us

Patricia Giles Centre is committed to building a strong community free from family and domestic violence.

For 30 years we have been providing a range of services for women and children experiencing and escaping family and domestic violence.

  • We help them find safety, security and stability.
  • We support and empower them to get mentally and physically well so they can get their lives back on track.
  • We educate and collaborate – always working towards a future free from family and domestic violence.

We are named after Patricia Giles AM, an Australian Senator for 12 years and an active and passionate advocate for community services and women’s rights. By strongly supporting the introduction of a refuge in her electorate, Patricia played a vital role in helping to get us up and running. We always strive to reflect her commitment, her wisdom and her courage.

Our Board

  • Shona Zulsdorf, Chairperson
  • Dr James McCue
  • Jonathan Smith
  • Vicki Banham
  • McKenzie Reed
  • Kirstin Stewart
  • Simone Soliman
  • Gabrielle Trenbath
  • Sarah Kepert

Annual report

Download a copy of our 2018/19 Annual Report. The abriged financial report is available here.

Our work is supported by funding from the WA Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support, WA Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Federal Department of Human Services and through the generous support of our community and corporate partners, the WA Quilters Association and Rio Tinto.

We have a variety of programs you can donate to:

Alternatively, you can help by volunteering your time.

To talk to us about how you can help please call (08) 9300 0340 or email us on [email protected]