For over 30 years we have been providing an expert range of services for families in Western Australia escaping and affected by family and domestic violence and abuse.
Our approach has always been to support them as they mentally and physically heal, and to empower them to be able to make their own decisions to get their lives back on track.
We have recently undergone a comprehensive planning process. The resulting strategic plan builds on our knowledge and expertise in family and domestic violence, while signalling a critical shift in our overall aims and how we work to achieve those aims. Key aspects are:
- We will be building and empowering families and communities to live free from gender-based violence. This means our work will be with all people as we provide appropriate services for a diverse range of clients and family units to break the cycle of violence.
- We will be offering an increasing number of services in violence intervention and prevention, while continuing to prioritise the provision of crisis and support services for women and children escaping and affected by family violence.
- We will be increasing our advocacy as we aim for a society free from gender-based violence.
To better reflect our new direction and intent we have made the first step on our new journey by changing our name to Patricia Giles Centre for Non-Violence. Click here to see our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.
For further information and to view some of our recent strategic achievements, please click here.
This means, together we work on the premise that everyone connected to our agency is of equal value and has an equal voice. Our vision is at the forefront of every decision we make and will guide our legacy into the future. We are empowered, accountable and strong and have empathy without judgement
Who is Patricia Giles?
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, her insight and her courage.
McKenzie is the Sales and Compliance Consultant at Total Home Frames. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of WA State Government agencies and the regulatory framework in which they operate. He joined the Board to utilise his skills and experience in governance, compliance and risk management in a meaningful way which provides on-going assistance to the community. McKenzie holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Investigations Management and is a Fellow of Leadership WA.
Vicki Banham is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Social Science, Social Work, Counselling, Youth Work) in the School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University. She teaches in the vulnerable people and communities, and social analysis space. Her research interests lie in listening and acknowledging the voice of people and communities and their pathways to active participation; rights of vulnerable groups; and understanding the learning process of children and young people. She has wide ranging experience on a variety of not for profit Boards. Vicki’s qualifications include BEd, MEd and a PhD.
Kirstin is the Partner, Business Advisory Services for HLB Mann Judd. Past professional experience includes international mining as well as Not for Profit organisations. She brings specialist knowledge to the Board in the areas of business advisory services, tax consultancy and compliance and consulting services. Kirstin’s qualifications and memberships include BComm, Fellow of CPA Australia, Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, Registered Tax Agent, and Specialist Accredited Adviser Member for Family Business Australia.
Sophie has extensive experience as a non-executive director, company secretary and legal counsel for AXS-listed companies and Not for Profit organisations. She has strong expertise in the areas of corporate governance, investment funds, cross-border structuring, mergers and acquisitions, legal due diligence and corporate transactions and has worked both in Australia and internationally.
Vik is the Regional Manager, Metropolitan Services for Anglicare WA. He has extensive experience in all aspects of social impact driven Not for Profit organisations. Vik is an innovative business development professional, skilled in change management and strategic business development and with a highly developed financial acumen. He is committed to social impact and inclusion and focussed on relationship building.
Danielle is the Executive Manager, Development and Marketing for Ronald McDonald House Charities WA. A marketing and communications professional, Danielle has had leadership roles in industries which use creativity to problem-solve, advocate, educate and innovate. She specialises in bringing people together to develop and implement strategies, motivating them to work smarter and empowering their freedom to think differently. Danielle brings highly developed skills in integrated marketing, strategic planning, brand development and project management.
Download a copy of our 2019/20 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.