Wilcannia Safe House (WSH) provides crisis refuge accommodation for women with or without children who are escaping/experiencing DFV. The service also delivers mobile outreach support for people who are escaping/experiencing DFV, and/or homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
The service predominantly supports people who are Aboriginal.
The service prioritises work with;
- Young People between 16 and 25
- Women over 25
- Families with children including those escaping DFV
- Aboriginal clients.
The WSH also serves as a community hub, offering a safe and supportive location where women and children can meet; a space where local and visiting services can hold information sessions, events and one-on-one client meetings.
A closer look at the WSH
We provide a safe space where women can come to have time out to think and make decisions for themselves and their families’ future. We attempt to provide a space that is unencumbered by some of the pressures of being at home if that is what the women need.
Women can access this space either during the day if they just want to just take some time, catch up with a listening ear or they can access the ‘Safe House’ accommodation overnight for some time out from their family situation. We don’t only support people who come directly to the Safe House, we also visit people in their home or other places that they feel comfortable if this supports them to be able to access our service.
We work to support people within the Wilcannia community to achieve positive sustainable change in their lives as determined by them. We do this primarily through holistic case management practice where we work with clients to identify what it means for them to have wellbeing and assist them to establish goals and strategies to achieve this, whilst supporting them to overcome the barriers or life challenges that may be impeding them. Together we plan how to turn their stated life goals into a reality. The support we provide differs with every client because every client is different and has goals specific to them and what they want for their future.
Indigenous Advancement Strategy
The Wilcannia Safe House receives additional funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
This funding supports a number of local indigenous young women to engage in study with the aim of obtaining qualifications to further their employment prospects.