Our mission is healing, supporting, strengthening & empowering women whose lives have been impacted by family and domestic violence by giving them pathways to becoming strong, safe women with brighter futures for themselves and their children.
Our journey so far…
Safe Woman Safe Family was founded as a not-for-profit organisation in January, 2018. Irene and Tanya, the founders, held the launch event in Mandurah on June 8th, 2018; commenced gathering and training a team of women dedicated to becoming support staff and peer mentors.
In the middle of 2018, discussions began with the Shire of Murray for provision of a house in Pinjarra, Western Australia, which could be converted for use to become our first Safe Woman Safe Family Centre. In August 2018, a community morning tea was held in Pinjarra to share what would be offered & our future plans for our new centre.
In January 2019, we received the keys! Shortly after, planning for building changes commenced to ensure full disability access. A “Stronger Communities Grant” was received through our local MP, Andrew Hastie to fund the re-vamp & set-up. Our official opening event was on the 26th of April, 2019. We are incredibly thankful to our team of volunteers and donations received to help us create the beautiful space we now call our Safe Woman Safe Family Murray Centre, which is now in full operation (photos can be viewed in the gallery).
Tanya Langford and Irene Lydon
Tanya Langford & Irene Lydon have extensive backgrounds in the field of family and domestic violence and each brings deep compassion and understanding from their own lived experiences. They have a shared passion to see all women standing strong & free from the pain and suffering inflicted by all forms of repression & violence.
Tanya has been a family support officer for the past several years as well as facilitating the 'Step up' program targeted towards youth violence in the home. Irene has been a Child Protection Social Worker for a number of years in both Australia & New Zealand assisting families affected by family domestic violence, abuse and trauma.
Tanya & Irene’s mission is to assist any woman whose life has been negatively impacted by trauma & abuse to receive what they need to re-claim their lives by becoming safe women who have the strength to provide a safe family environment for themselves and their families.
Shire of Murray
City of Mandurah
Mandurah Murray Mayday Inc.
Stronger Communities Programme
Bendigo Bank Pinjarra
Pinjarra Lions Club
Mandurah Muscateers Charity Computers Inc.
Tuckey’s Mitre 10
Pinjarra Psychic and Healing Fair