Patricia Giles

Accommodation and counselling for women and children affected by domestic violence

Looking for emergency accommodation? Call Crisis Care

9223 1111

There are 14 refuges in the Perth metropolitan area able to accommodate approximately 80 families at any one time. Some families in need of safe crisis accommodation delay leaving their home due to fear of leaving their pets behind with a perpetrator of violence.

Safe Families Safe Pets

Research shows that men who are abusive to their family members may also be violent to animals.

SAFE FAMILIES SAFE PETS (SFSP) is a fostering service started by the Patricia Giles Centre with advice from the RSPCA and initial funding from the Attorney–Generals department.

SFSP coordinates and supports families with a dog who are going into a women's refuge to have their dog temporarily fostered (3 months) by a voluntary foster carer. The SFSP worker is the link between the dog owner and the foster carer, neither owner or carer have direct contact, this is to ensure the safety of everyone. The SFSP worker assesses the dog, its background and a health and temperament check is made by a vet before the dog is placed in foster care.

Foster carers are supported by the SFSP worker and covered by PGC public liability insurance.

Interested in being a foster carer? Call 08 9300 0340 for more information.

Download Our Safe Families Safe Pets Brochure

Building Animal Relationships with Kids (BARK)

BARK is 7 week therapeutic program for children who have lived in family violence and have either lost a pet (due to leaving their home) or begun hurting animals due to exposure to family violence. The group aims to:

For further information about when the program runs contact the Patricia Giles Centre on 08 9300 0340.

Download Our BARK Brochure

This program does not receive ongoing funding and we are a looking for groups to sponsor the programs delivery.