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Western Australia Accommodation Support


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Western Australia - Domestic Violence Refuges
Women's Refuges in WA provide safe accommodation for women and children leaving domestic violence relationships. Leaving a violent home is a difficult and traumatic experience for women and their children. Refuges are staffed by experienced workers who are available to talk through all the issues facing women and children.
Refuges assist families by providing secure accommodation, and support and information. You do not necessarily have to stay in a Refuge to receive advice and assistance from staff. They can help to obtain independent accommodation, emergency relief, counselling, advocacy and referral regarding legal, medical and any other help that you may require. Information given to Refuge workers is confidential and no one is told who is at a Refuge unless the woman has given instructions for a worker to do so.
There are Refuges that accommodate women with dependent children, and also Refuges that assist women without children. To access these Refuges you may call
Crisis Care on 1800 199 008 or 9223 1111 or the Salvo Care Line 9227 8655, 24 hours a day
http://www.freofocus.com.au/

Western Australia - The Patricia Giles Centre
The Pat Giles refuge can provide safe, crisis housing for single women and women with children to 18 years who have experienced family violence. If you need to come into a refuge in an emergency phone Crisis Care 9223 1111 and they will assist you with a taxi
http://www.patgilescentre.org.au/

Western Australian Government - Department of Housing and Works
The Department of Housing covers public and community housing, Aboriginal and regional housing, Keystart home loans and property sales
http://www.housing.wa.gov.au/

West Australia, Perth - "YES!" (Youth Externally Supported Housing)(Anglicare)
YES! (Youth Externally Supported Housing) has the capacity to accommodate approximately 50 young people, including parents, in up to 50 DHW properties in the Perth Northern metropolitan area and approximately 35 young people, including young parents in 35 DHW properties in the South Eastern metropolitan area
http://www.anglicarewa.org.au/


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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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