The Patricia Giles Centre was established in 1989 to provide accommodation and counselling services for women and children affected by domestic violence. Over the years this has expended to include additional services such as support groups and culturally specific services. This website gives a good outline of the Centre's services in the What We Do section.
From Then to Now
Funding acquired for refuge.
Refuge opened in Marangaroo.
Acquisition of site in Joondalup.
First edition of Fresh Start published.
Relocation from Marangaroo to Joondalup refuge.
Funding increased and extra worker employed.
Two medium-term support houses purchased in local community.
Domestic Violence Advocacy and Referral Service (DVARS) commenced (Renamed Women's Counselling Service in 2008).
Domestic Violence Children's Counselling Service established (DVCCS) (Renamed Children's Counselling Service in 2008).
Two more support houses acquired.
Stand-alone Child Care unit opened.
First male worker employed.
DVCCS funded by Zonta for six therapeutic camps.
Certificate of Merit for DVCCS from Australian Crime Prevention Awards.
Funding acquired for Fostering Resilient Families Service.
Aboriginal Early Years Support Service established.
Dads and Kids Biz group program piloted.
Damara House Refuge established and Kurlanga's Playgroup started.
Women Counselling Service (WCS) Yanchep Outreach commenced.
BARK program introduced, Safe Families Safe Pets Program introduced, Two more Medium Term Houses acquired, Group Programs at Bandyup Prison commenced Life Story of Pat Giles accepted by Fremantle Press for publication in 2010.
Safe at Home Service, Housing Support services, Kadjininy service all commenced.
Among the Chosen: The Life Story of Pat Giles
Among The Chosen: The Life Story of Pat Giles by Lekkie Hopkins and Lyn Roarty published by Fremantle Press. Available from the Centre — $20 plus postage.
Pat Giles was a woman dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. As an ALP Senator and UN representative under Hawke and Keating, she entered Parliament not as raw recruit but as an experienced trade unionist, policy maker, feminist campaigner and grassroots activist. This is the story of a woman whose determination never faltered whose work ethic never flagged. It is the story of an activist working from within the established order to effect social change.