A remote community in Western Australia’s Pilbara would provide a men-free safe haven from family violence as part of an ambitious proposal to mend families and reduce the number of Aboriginal people in jails.
A 13.2ha site once earmarked for an East Pilbara transport and logistics hub will become home to a 28-bed facility with the first specialist counselling centre for Aboriginal perpetrators of family violence.
CEO of the new Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre who spoke at the White Ribbon event has dedicatedly been working towards it becoming a reality including negotiating with both the local, state and federal governments in order to secure partnerships and funding for the project.
Aboriginal Males National Peak Body for Family Violence. My vision to establish the Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre comes from seeing violence in my own family and in the Aboriginal community in general. It goes back to my father and my grandfather.
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The Regional Grants Scheme is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve the economic and community infrastructure and services in regional Western Australia. It is aimed at bigger projects that will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and assist in improving the quality of life in the regions.
The Aboriginal Male’s Healing Centre Strong Spirit Families Strong Culture (AMHC) plans to build the first specialist counselling centre for Indigenous perpetrators of domestic violence in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
A sad reality is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence when compared to other Australian women. And the rate is even higher in WA’s Pilbara region.