In 2017, the ILSC provided $1 million to the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drugs Service (AADS) to purchase a site in Perth for the expansion of Wooree Miya Women’s Refuge which is a crisis accommodation and child support service.
The new premises officially opened in January 2017 and the capacity of services has since doubled thanks to funding contributions totalling more than $7 million.
Wooree Miya is now a purpose-built facility, providing safe accommodation for women and their children escaping family and domestic violence. Since the upgrade and expansion, the centre can now accommodate larger family groups, families with older boys and children with disabilities.
Wooree Miya employs Indigenous staff and offers training so that their staff can provide culturally appropriate and sensitive care to deliver support services for families who have are escaping domestic violence and other family breakdown.
The Wooree Miya Woman’s Refuge is managed by the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.