UnitingCare West is proud to once again commemorate White Ribbon Day and be involved in the Annual Silent Domestic Memorial March.
White Ribbon Day will take place on Wednesday 25 November, which signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10). White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.
UCW’s Wyn Carr Women’s Service provides safe, secure and supported accommodation for women over 18 years old, unaccompanied by children, and who have experienced, or are at risk of, family or domestic violence.
Each year UCW recognises White Ribbon Day events and commemorations across the organisation. This year UnitingCare West will hold morning teas at its Victoria Park Head Office and its Inner City, Fremantle and Merriwa Service Centres.
The Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March taking place on Friday 27 November is held in honour of all the women, men and children, who have lost their lives as a result of domestic homicide in WA. The event is now in its 25th year and UnitingCare West staff and clients will be in attendance in support of the event, beginning at Stirling Gardens on the corner of Barrack St and St Georges Tce.
Wyn Carr Women’s Service aims to support the safety of women through risk assessment, safety planning and other processes. It also provides a supportive environment for women to heal, make choices and learn; and offers a range of co-ordinated options, from partly supported accommodation through to community outreach.
Wyn Carr Women’s Service also delivers a range of high quality groups and services to assist women to improve their current situation; including family and domestic violence, drug and alcohol, mental health, child protection, housing, health and family support.
Throughout the year Wyn Carr Women’s Service also plays an active role in educating the community on the effects of domestic violence, including visits with Uniting Church schools. Recently staff from Wyn Carr Women’s Service visited Tranby College where students designed and produced packages which they believe a woman would require in dealing with a domestic violence situation, before donating the packages themselves to UCW.
Wyn Carr Women’s Service’s ongoing organisation of monthly women’s group meetings, involving both local women’s refuges and physical and mental health professionals, further enhances UCW’s relationship with other organisations that assist victims of domestic violence, along with widening its client’s interaction with a range of health service providers.
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