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Wadeye Safe House

The Wadeye Safe House relies strongly on community support to ensure quality service delivery and works closely with the police, Community Health Service and Night Patrol.

The Wadeye Safe House relies strongly on community support to ensure quality service delivery and works closely with the Police, Community Health Service and the Night Patrol.

Based in the Northern Territory (NT) town of Wadeye, Wadeye Safe House is the only safe house in the area and provides a 24-hour service, 365 days a year.

Wadeye Safe House provides emergency accommodation and support for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.

Since opening in 2011, Wadeye Safe House has steadily grown from providing crisis accommodation for 8 to over 90 women and children per month, from more than 20 clan groups.

One Tree aims to empower service users to leave harmful situations through advocacy, and to provide women with the skills to become economically and socially independent.

The Wadeye Safe House provides:

  • Crisis accommodation
  • Case management
  • Referral Services
  • Safety planning using a therapeutic tool designed specifically to work with Indigenous people
  • Community awareness raising.

The Wadeye Safe House relies strongly on community support to ensure quality service delivery and works closely with the Police, Community Health Service and the Night Patrol.

Support for women

One Tree Wadeye Safe House works with the NT Government and a range of stakeholders to support women and children who have been identified as at risk of homelessness due to unsafe circumstances at home.

The service provides follow-up consultations with clients who may need additional support. Welfare visits can be arranged in conjunction with the Office of Children and Families and the Aboriginal Community Police Officer for Wadeye.

The safe house also works with the Aboriginal Legal Service NAAFVLS and the police to ensure appropriate legal actions are taken in regard to Domestic Violence Orders and Trespass Orders, to improve living arrangements.

One Tree’s Innovative Approach

One Tree Wadeye Safe House has developed an innovative approach to preventing female homelessness in Wadeye, through facilitating and promoting discussion around domestic violence and safety planning.

A felt board with images chosen by the women, which represents different components of their lives, engages women in third person conversation and storytelling to participate in discussion in a culturally sensitive manner.

The purpose of this therapeutic tool is to identify local safety planning strategies utilised by women and to incorporate the Wadeye Safe House into their safety plans.

Situation in Wadeye

Wadeye is a remote Aboriginal community 420 kilometres south west of Darwin in the NT. Wadeye has a population of around 3000, divided into more than 20 clan groups. English is the second, third or fourth language spoken after Murrinh-Patha which is the dominant language of the region.

Wadeye can be volatile, with rival gangs seeking dominance. Wadeye has experienced significant political and media attention as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response – ‘the intervention’. One Tree is proud to be part of the Wadeye community as it moves forward confidently and positively.

 

contact us

Phone: (08) 8978 1020

Email: wadeyesafehouse@onetree.org.au

 

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