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Zonta House Celebrates 40 Years

We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in our journey—Zonta House Refuge Association is celebrating 40 years of dedication and service!

Established in the early 1980s, Zonta House began as a single, volunteer-run shelter for women without dependent children, supported by the passionate members and financial backing of the Zonta International women’s movement. Over the past four decades, Zonta House has evolved into one of the largest specialist family and domestic violence (FDV) service providers in Perth. Today, we proudly offer a diverse range of programs designed to address various aspects of FDV, ensuring comprehensive support for those in need and always keeping the women we support at the forefront of our work. Our growth and success have been driven by our dedicated team of over 65 staff members and a strong Committee, whose commitment and expertise have been the cornerstone of our achievements.

I am proud to work in a values-based organisation which is dedicated and passionate to achieving its vision and purpose. We have learned, listened, adapted and responded over the 40 years but the core of who we are remains, and, our desire to deliver the best possible support to Victim/Survivors of Family and Domestic Violence.   It is a privilege to do this work and walk alongside such motivated, courageous and highly capable people. Thank you to everyone who has been in this journey with us and most of all to Victim/Survivors for trusting us. I hope one day there is no needs for us to exist but until then I know that our team, supporters, partners and funders at Zonta House will be doing all we can to provide safe, supportive and dignified services and work fearlessly to contribute to stopping violence against women and children.

Kelda Oppermann CEO

We are so proud of our extensive experience in the community services sector, enabling us to develop and deliver comprehensive services based on the need of the women and families we support. A service that emphasises prevention, early intervention, victim/survivor safety, and, importantly, perpetrator accountability.

As we celebrate this milestone, we reflect on our journey and the countless lives we have walked alongside. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers, staff, supporters, partners and the broader community for their unwavering support over the years. Your contributions have been invaluable in helping us achieve our purpose.

Join us in celebrating 40 years of making a difference. Here’s to continuing our work and striving for a future where every individual can live free from violence and fear.

This milestone is testament to all of the incredible and inspirational people who have been involved at Zonta House over the years, including staff, volunteers, committee members and supporters. We know that Zonta House has had a powerful and positive impact on the lives of women and their families who have been affected by FDV. We acknowledge these women’s strength and resilience as we celebrate this milestone and, going forward, we will continue to provide the best possible support whilst advocating strongly for the changes needed to end family and domestic violence

Melanie Hay, Chairperson

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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