In danger now? DIAL 000


Celebrating Kelda Oppermann’s Hall of Fame Achievement at the Elsie Conference

Last week’s Elsie Conference held in Sydney marked a historic milestone as it commemorated 50 years since the establishment of Elsie Women’s Refuge, marking the genesis of the women’s refuge movement in Australia. During the celebration of this significant occasion, Kelda Oppermann, CEO received one of the fifty prestigious Hall of Fame “Elsie Awards,” recognizing her remarkable contributions to the refuge movement over the past five decades.

Kelda’s accolade is a testament to her unwavering dedication to integrity, good governance, transparency, and accountability throughout her tenure. Her tireless efforts have not only upheld the values of the refuge movement but have also challenged misconceptions surrounding family and domestic violence (FDV). Under her leadership, Zonta House has emerged as a beacon of hope for women in need, providing holistic support to all who seek refuge and assistance.

Kelda’s commitment to collaboration with government agencies, community stakeholders, and sector peers has been instrumental in driving positive outcomes for women and the broader Western Australian community. By fostering partnerships and advocating for change, she has helped shape policies and initiatives that address the root causes of FDV and empower women to reclaim their lives.

The recognition of Kelda’s work on a national level is not only a source of pride for Zonta House but also a reaffirmation of her impact in the Community Service Sector. Her dedication, passion, and vision have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the refuge movement, inspiring others to continue the fight for gender equality and social justice.

As we celebrate Kelda’s Hall of Fame achievement, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and gratitude for her unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of women across Australia. Let us continue to support and honor the trailblazers like Kelda who pave the way for a more equitable and inclusive society.

If you are in immediate danger, or someone you know is in immediate danger please do not hesitate and call Police on 000.

If you are at risk, please ensure you follow the eSafety Commission recommendations for staying safe online.

Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) can happen in relationships with a partner, defacto, family member, carer, boyfriend or girlfriend.

This behaviour can be threatening, abusive, violent, coercive, stalking, controlling, making someone feel scared and/or forcing them to do things they don’t want to do.

It can occur in current or past imitate relationships, family settings, or extended family groups.

For more information on what is considered Family and Domestic Violence, or how to identify it please visit Safe and Equal or 1800RESPECT. WA’s after-hours response helpline is available 24/7 if you are in crisis and need urgent help for refuge assessment or emergency accommodation options Crisis Care Free Call 1800 199 008