Keeping Women Safe
Keeping women safe program (KWS) is an early intervention and prevention strategy aimed to help women and their children from becoming homeless and improve safety following family and domestic violence (FDV). The program helps women to stay in their home or a home of their choosing, when it is safe an appropriate to do so.
KWS assesses the safety and support needs of women and children through risk assessments, safety planning, home security audits and upgrades, and case management. In accordance with the multi-agency FDV approach, the PCLS Domestic Violence and KWS service work closely with the WA Police and Department of Child Protection and Family Support to reduce or manage the risk posed by the perpetrator and ensure women receive a coordinated response.
Consistent communication is maintained with WA Police in relation to the granting and serving of Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVRO), assisting clients in attaining a duress number on their phone, the status and location of perpetrators, and any significant events (such as funerals and sorry business) that may incite a significant change to FDV related incidents in the community.
Domestic Violence Outreach
The domestic violence outreach (DVO) Service is aimed at breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence. This service is provided to the West Pilbara region and works closely beside our KWS service in our Hedland office.
The program aims to engage and provide support to victims and perpetrators. The initiative of the DVO service is to enhance the safety of victims and children, to hold perpetrators accountable by working with the perpetrator services in order to maximise safety for women and children and to work towards changes in violent behaviour.
Our domestic violence workers assist with:
- Risk assessment
- Safety planning
- Welfare/safety/security checks
- Linking clients to a wide range of services that address their expressed needs
The service can provide both practical and emotional support for victims of domestic violence. You do not need to leave the perpetrator to access support.
Click here to view our domestic violence brochure.
If you are or know someone who is/has been in a domestic violence situation and needs advice on then please contact us or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.
If you would like to refer a client to one of our services please complete an External Referral Form and send to the nearest PCLS office.