If you are experiencing or escaping family and domestic violence we can assist you with:
Our priority is to help you find safety, security and stability by offering 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.
If you’re escaping a violent or abusive situation, we have refuges that help women on their own, as well as those with children up to 18 years of age. Whether you leave your home after packing up essentials or flee with nothing, we can help you.
Our team can assist you to find appropriate accommodation following a stay in one of our refuges. That can be short-term, transitional housing or a more stable, long-term home.
We provide free counselling for women affected by family violence, either face-to-face or on the phone. Child care for pre-school children is available during your sessions. We also have free short-term counselling sessions for children and adolescents who have experienced family violence.
Sometimes the better option for you is to remain in your home while the violent perpetrator leaves. Safe at Home provides you with a range of practical and emotional supports to keep you and your children safe in your own home.
We have several group programs to support you and your children. Circle of Security concentrates on repairing the bond between parents and children who have experienced family violence. Step Up and Speak Out aims to reduce intergenerational violence, so children don’t repeat the violence they have been exposed to.
We respect and welcome women and children from all cultures in our community. We also provide culturally appropriate Aboriginal services.
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.
Hurting you (pushing, slapping, punching, choking, kicking or pulling your hair), or threatening to hurt you, a loved one or a pet.
Controlling your money, denying or restricting access to money, stealing from you, controlling what you can and can’t buy.
Being pressured or forced into sexual activities.
Being kept isolated from family and friends, controlling where you go, who you speak to and whether you can work.
Manipulation, shouting, humiliation, telling you that you're worthless or stupid.
Denying your ability to go to your place of worship or to express your religious beliefs, cultural beliefs and values.
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.
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gabrielle works in the Mental Health sector and is currently also completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Her expertise includes research, communications support, media monitoring, and administration management. Committed to empowering social change and delivering value to individuals and communities through effective governance, Gabrielle holds Board positions with Disability Service Commission and Avivo.
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.
By making a donation to Patricia Giles Centre for Non-Violence you can have a direct and positive affect on the lives of families. Any donation made over $2.00 is tax deductible.You can donate here
Alternatively, you can help by volunteering your time.
Please note that we are not set up to take donations of any second hand goods, clothing or furniture. From time to time we may put out a call on our Facebook page for specific donations. However the best way you can help us to assist women and children affected by family and domestic violence is to make a financial donation.