The Women’s Resilience Centre, a new centre on Sydney’s Northern Beaches that will provide support for women who have experienced domestic abuse and trauma, was officially opened last week by The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Northern Beaches Mayor, Cr Michael Regan, the Labor Federal Representative for Mackellar, Paula Goodman, and Dr Maree Gosper, Chair of the Women’s Resilience Centre.
The Women’s Resilience Centre in Mona Vale will provide the missing link between short-term crisis care and longer-term recovery for women who have experienced domestic abuse or other trauma.
“Our aim is to provide a community for women where they can feel safe, heal and reset their lives,” said Simone Allan, founder, Women’s Resilience Centre. “We know there are many women in the community who are suffering trauma and the Centre will be available for all women who need support around them.
“It is a warm welcoming environment where women can stop by, enjoy a cup of tea, talk with one of our trauma-informed professionals and find the resources and support that they need.”
The services available at the centre will help women build capability and resilience, assisting with job search and working collegially with real estate agents and housing providers to step ahead in a positive direction. The Centre’s programs will have a trauma-sensitive lens and counselling, group therapy and mentors will be available.
The Women’s Resilience Centre is the bridge between short-term support and longer-term recovery pathways. The Centre will help provide women with the support and capability they need to move on when the crisis housing is no longer available, or they simply need a place to drop in and breathe.
The Centre currently offers online and now face-to-face financial management programs, legal support, a trauma-sensitive and supportive community plus mentoring to assist with job seeking, housing, parenting and trauma support.
Simone Allan continued: “The relationships and skills developed at the Centre will help to open new positive pathways for women and their families to move forward with their lives.”
Within the Northern Beaches local area, on average, over 150 domestic violence incidents are reported each month. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that 57-75% of Australians will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime.
“We see a real need for a service that helps women break the cycle of domestic abuse and the impacts of trauma and be able to step forward in a positive way to improve their lives and the lives of their children,” said Maree Gosper, Chair of the Women’s Resilience Centre.
“The Centre will provide a caring non-judgmental community and also offer practical tools and capability programs to enable women to move forward.
“We are grateful for the huge amount of support we have received from the community to enable us to open this facility. In the future, we hope to prove the impact of this centre and replicate this service across regional Australia.”