When the Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre opened 40 years ago it was one of only 4 refuges in NSW at the time.
The refuge based in Dee Why has a colourful history in the women’s refuge movement in NSW and they are excited to celebrate their birthday at Long Reef Golf Club on Friday October 21 at 6pm.
“The community have supported this refuge for so many years and we want to acknowledge that without the support of the community, our work with the women and children escaping domestic violence would be almost impossible. Now we want the community to come celebrate with us and find out what we do as we have been quiet achievers for so long” says Ms Stewart, CEO Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre.
On the night there will be an oral history presentation, the launch of a new website and acknowledgement that the new Barbara Kilpatrick Wing is now operational and in use by clients.
“Bringa Women’s Refuge opened in 1976 and has been reconfigured from the old boarding house model into self-contained studio apartments – underpinned by a trauma-informed approach, that allows families in crisis to feel safe in their own space,” Ms Stewart said.
In addition, a new annexe has been built to provide for an additional two families, named The Barbara Kilpatrick Wing to honour the memory of one of the pioneers of Bringa Women’s Refuge.
Manly Warringah Women’s Resource Centre provides a range of services and programs to support women and children escaping domestic violence at Delvena in Lane Cove and Bringa in Dee Why, including the Northern Beaches Family Support Service.
Due to efforts of one of its CEO’s in the 1970’s, Barbara Kilpatrick OAM worked on the NSW Premier’s Department committee for new domestic violence legislation.
In 1985 Barbara started lecturing at the Goulburn Police Academy and other refuges were subsequently approached to speak to various other branches of the police services on the importance of Police response times to reports of DV.
Originally known as the Bringa Women’s Resource Centre, in 1987 the centre started an informal Court Assistance Scheme which assisted women at court hearings.
This became the Court Assistance Scheme in 1990 that is still in use today and known as The Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program.
Date: Friday October 21 – 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Long Reef Golf Club, Anzac Avenue, Collaroy
Cost : $65.00 (partial donation to the centre is included in the price)