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Ruah Centre for Women and Children

Ruah has a dream. That no woman is turned away from safe refuge. That no woman has to leave a child behind. That no woman should have to return to an unsafe and violent home.

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Ruah Centre for Women and Children

Inspired by that dream, we are developing a world-class Ruah Centre for Women & Children – a place where women and their children can be safe and welcomed; where they can heal; where they can rebuild their lives. A place they can start making choices to thrive, not just survive.

Help us rewrite the future.

A safe place for new beginnings

The new Ruah Centre for Women & Children will be more than a building. For the first time, Western Australia will have a safe, purpose-built centre of healing and health for women and their children at all stages on their path to safety and a new, positive future.

The Centre will tackle the complex problem of family and domestic violence head-on and from all sides by:

  • Delivering powerful healing and recovery for individuals using trauma-informed services in a place designed for healing, security and dignity.
  • Building knowledge, capacity and success in our social services sector where evidence-informed practice results in life-changing outcomes.
  • Reducing the devastating economic and social impact. While violence against women goes unaddressed, it costs our community $3 billion every year. The human cost is impossible to measure.

The Ruah Centre for Women & Children will be an inclusive, welcoming space, without prejudice and pre-conceptions, and one where women and children experience a sense of belonging and support, particularly Aboriginal women and those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

It will be a secure place where they have the security and support to plan a new and very different future.

Thank you to Lotterywest, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and our generous philanthropists for their support of the Ruah Centre for Women & Children.

A new home for homelessness services

The aging Ruah facility in Shenton Street, Northbridge, will be rebuilt to make way for the new Centre for Women and Children. The existing support services will be relocated to another inner-city site. We remain totally committed to ending homelessness and, in particular, to the people experiencing homelessness who rely on us for support.

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After surviving years in an abusive relationship, Azelene was determined to set a very different example for her teenage daughter. She shares her experiences to support other women as a Ruah Voices for Change advocate.

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