Vinnies centre a refuge for South Australian women in crisis
Women escaping domestic violence who are forced to seek temporary refuge
in motels will benefit from a new crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern
suburbs, The Southern Cross reports
. The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre was officially opened on 8 October in a ceremony led by Sr Meredith Evans RSM and attended by Minister for Social Housing Zoe Bettison, South Australia's Police Commissioner Grant Stephens and Vinnies national and state presidents Graham West and Cathy Beaton.
Vinnies will work with agencies in the provision of the service, with referrals and intakes through existing emergency accommodation channels in South Australia including the South Australia police and the homelessness gateway. Described as a landmark service for Vinnies, it is expected to provide a much-needed solution for supportive emergency care for women and their children as an alternative to motel style accommodation in crisis situations.
Clients are expected to move in after renovations to the
former aged care facility are completed later this month. The 20-room
facility features spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, children’s
play area, communal dining rooms, laundry and kitchen facilities. It
will provide short-term accommodation for women and children
experiencing crisis, in particular those escaping domestic violence.
Vinnies chief executive officer David Wark said a common issue among many women that Vinnie helps is their experience of domestic violence and the enormous impact this has on their health, well-being, finances and families. “One woman in Australia dies each week at the hands of a current or former partner,” he said.
“It was clear to us a couple of years ago that Vinnies could make a difference to outcomes for women at risk, who are often housed in motel accommodation, and we set about making that happen. This new service will provide a wrap-around service where women and their children will have the support of the whole Vinnies community.”
Read the full report in The Southern Cross
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