With domestic violence on the agenda because of the number of highly publicised incidents over the past month, the State Government has provided an update on the promised domestic violence hub in Broome. As part of WA Labor’s key election promise to address family and domestic violence at the 2021 election, the State Government committed to constructing a dedicated “one-stop” domestic violence hub in Broome to provide wraparound services for victims at times of need. The $16.3 million Broome hub will be based on the two other hubs in Kalgoorlie and Mirrabooka and will deliver a range of specialist domestic violence and other services including mental health, housing, legal, financial counselling, alcohol and drugs services, and parenting support with the hub expected to open in late 2023. In response to questions from Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday in Parliament on August 31, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Sabine Winton said the Broome domestic violence hub had now reached the stage of restricted tender. “It is important to acknowledge that we have deliberately gone with a restricted tender for the Broome one-stop hub because we want Aboriginal organisations to be able to run that service and be key partners in influencing what services there are and how they will operate in Broome in that hub,” she said. “It is a really important milestone. People in Broome have told us that cultural healing and on-country activities are absolutely critical to prevent family and domestic violence and to support the healing and recovery process, and are an important area of primary prevention.” It comes after Police statistics revealed the Kimberley’s high family and domestic violence numbers which were 17 times the rate per 100,000 people in comparison to the Perth metropolitan area in 2022-2023.