Experienced Aboriginal staff are employed to provide sensitive and culturally appropriate services to women and children for all our services. Wirrawee Gunya (Darug for ‘Women’s Shelter’) is a purpose-built Aboriginal refuge that is staffed by skilled Aboriginal women. The Wirrawee Gunya Community Outreach team also provides groups and yarn-ups for Aboriginal women including Mums & Bubs.
DV West recognizes that Domestic Violence experienced by Aboriginal women and children must be understood in a cultural, spiritual, holistic context and to take into consideration the abuse which occurs within families, intimate relationships, kinship network and communities and the diversity with each it’s own mixture of culture, customs and language.
Bearing in mind that sometimes a woman may have reasons that they prefer not to come into the Aboriginal specific service, women have the choice to stay at Wirrawee Gunya or one of our other refuges (depending on available vacancies). Regardless of which refuge or location a woman is accommodated, Aboriginal families can be assured that culturally sensitive support is provided across all of our services.