Service provider appointed to keep families safe in Broome

  • Family Outreach Service, in partnership with Anglicare WA, appointed to run the Broome Family and Domestic Violence One Stop Hub
  • New service delivers on the WA Labor Government’s $16.3 million election commitment to provide victim-survivors with services and supports in a single, accessible location
  • Hub to also include off-site services for perpetrators and young people

Delivery of the new Broome Family and Domestic Violence One Stop Hub is another step closer today, with the service contract awarded to Family Outreach Service.

Family Outreach Service is an arm of Mens Outreach Service Aboriginal Corporation (MOSAC), an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that has supported the West Kimberley community for 23 years.

The organisation has partnered with Anglicare WA to co-lead an alliance of specialist service providers, including Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, Jalygurr Guwan Aboriginal Corporation, Broome CIRCLE and Legal Aid WA.

The $16.3 million election commitment will build on the success of the Mirrabooka (Naala Djookan Healing Centre) and Kalgoorlie (Mara Pirni Healing Place) Hubs. Together with the Armadale Hub project, which is currently being developed, there will be four family and domestic violence Hubs operating in Western Australia.

The Broome Hub will provide a range of specialist supports for people experiencing family and domestic violence, including advocacy, counselling, legal assistance, and support for children, from a single location. It will also provide family and domestic violence outreach services in Derby and Bidyadanga.

The service alliance has a wealth of experience supporting victim-survivors and families to recover from their experiences, as well as assisting perpetrators to address their use of violence.

Numerous organisations in the West Kimberley region endorsed the service alliance’s ability to offer a place-based and welcoming service for the Broome and West Kimberley communities.

Family Outreach Service, with Anglicare WA, will provide interim Hub services while works progress to develop a purpose-built property that will deliver a full Hub service. Interim services will commence in the second half of this year.

The Broome Hub forms a crucial part of the Cook Government’s commitment to boost initiatives that support victim-survivors of family and domestic violence and hold perpetrators to account.

As stated by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Sabine Winton:

“Family and domestic violence has a devastating impact on families, homes, and communities.

“Breaking the cycle requires targeted services in primary prevention and early intervention.

“The Broome Hub will provide a one-stop entry point where victim-survivors can access a range of supports and get the assistance that’s right for them, including cultural support and healing services.

“I have no doubt that Family Outreach Service is well-placed to deliver this crucial service to the Kimberley.

“Thank you to those who contributed to the consultation process to ensure the Broome Hub delivers a culturally safe service to victim-survivors.”

Comments attributed to Divina D’Anna Kimberley MLA:

“I’m really happy to see this project reach a significant milestone, with the appointment of a service provider who will lead the Hub.

“I look forward to the Hub being up and running later this year and making it easier for victim-survivors to be able to access more joined up services.

“I’m particularly pleased that the project is being led by an ACCO, working together with other service providers to address the issue of family and domestic violence.”

As stated by Family Outreach Service Chief Executive Officer Peter Mitchell:

“We are very pleased to be leading this vital community initiative in partnership with Anglicare WA and our alliance partners Nirrumbuk, Jalygurr Guwan, Legal Aid WA, and Broome CIRCLE.

“We take this responsibility and opportunity extremely seriously, and will be working closely with Cultural Leaders, women and children with lived experience, stakeholders, and the broader community including Bidyadanga and Derby through the Broome Hub outreach service.

“Our leadership of the Family and Domestic Violence Hub will build on the valuable programs that Family Outreach Service currently deliver to support women and children experiencing family and domestic violence, through our Strong Women, Strong Families Program and Youth Services Programs, and will strengthen our whole of family approach to family and domestic violence through our family support programs and Change Em Ways, our Indigenous Men’s Behavioural Change Family and Domestic Violence Program.

“We will also draw on the experience of Anglicare WA which has also been delivering family and domestic violence services for many years in the Kimberley.

“I would like to thank the Minister and the Department for funding this much needed service, for their extensive community consultation process which commenced in 2022, and also our staff and those of our partners for all their hard work in getting us to this point.”

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