Broome announced as location for new family and domestic violence hub

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Broome has been announced as Western Australia's fourth One Stop Hub (Hub) for family and domestic violence (FDV) services.
View of a street in Broome, Western Australia.

The Hub will be the second of its kind in regional WA, following on from the successful launch of the Mara Pirni Healing Place in Kalgoorlie in late 2020.

The Broome Hub forms part of a $60 million package of election commitments made by the McGowan Government and will further support work to promote Aboriginal family safety.

Broome and the surrounding West Kimberley area was identified as an area of high demand for family and domestic violence services. The Broome Hub offers opportunities to provide outreach services for specialist family and domestic violence support in the nearby regional centres of Derby and Bidyadanga.  This will be further explored through local community engagement.

The Hub model provides a range of specialist family and domestic violence and other community services in one location, prioritising ease of access for victims who are seeking help and support. By co-locating key support with other services, such as legal, financial and creche services, and with community programming, the Hubs create a 'soft' entry point that also reduces the stigma often attached to seeking assistance.

The Broome Hub will be designed to deliver culturally appropriate services and reflect the needs of the community in Broome and the surrounding areas, where high rates of women experience family violence.

Consultation will begin in July 2022 with community members, Aboriginal Elders, people with a lived experience of family and domestic violence, peak bodies, service providers and other government agencies. A tender process will then get underway to identify a service provider and the Hub site.

The Broome Hub is expected to officially open in late 2023. Find out more about the One Stop Hub program, being delivered in line with Path to Safety: Western Australia's Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020-2030.

Page reviewed 22 June 2022