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Introducing Paul Litherland as Zonta House Refuge Association Ambassador

We are thrilled to announce Paul Litherland as the inaugural Zonta House Ambassador. This appointment marks a significant milestone in our 40th year working in the WA community supporting women and their families who are at risk of harm from family and domestic violence.

Paul brings with him an illustrious career spanning over 30 years of dedicated service to the Australian community. His journey commenced with a decorated 20-year tenure in the Western Australian Police Force, where he garnered a reputation for ethical service and received Honors upon his departure to pursue his passion for education.

“I am truly honoured to become the inaugural Ambassador for Zonta House. As a child growing up in a home crippled by the most severe family and domestic violence, I know all too well the harm those seeking refuge often experience. I am humbled that my difficult background, married with a very divers 20-year WA policing career, gives me an ability to share my knowledge and experience with such a wonderful organisation.”

Paul Litherland

Since 2011, Paul has emerged as Australia’s foremost cyber safety educator, earning national recognition and respect for his contributions to this critical field. Drawing upon his extensive experience in Technology Crime during his policing career, Paul has developed educational presentations that are now nationally recognized and adopted by both state and national education networks.

Paul’s advocacy extends beyond education, as he actively engages in pressing the government for legislative changes to support victims of online crime and advocates for the ethical design of online environments.

Throughout his journey, Paul has remained steadfast in his commitment to serving his country and bettering the lives of others. This dedication culminated in him being named the 2022 Western Australian, Australian of the Year, a testament to his unwavering dedication and impact on the community.

“We are extremely pleased that Paul has agreed to represent Zonta House in this important role. His story is inspirational and he has shown an outstanding commitment to community service over his career, with demonstrated values that are perfectly aligned with Zonta House. We are looking forward to working with Paul to support Zonta House’s mission of improving the lives of women and their families experiencing family and domestic violence”

Melanie Hay, Zonta House Chairperson

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Paul Litherland as the first-ever Zonta House Ambassador.

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