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2020 PAT GILES Award winner: Angela Hartwig

Angela HartwigThis year’s recipient is Angela Hartwig, a strong and continuing advocate for women within her career and personal interests.

Angela has worked in the area of domestic and family violence for more than 30 years and was employed as the CEO of the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (Women’s Council) until mid-October 2020, this is over 25 years of service leading the WA women’s refuge movement.

Her commitment in this field has seen her participate in many governance councils, government advisory councils, and advocacy roles that have change both legislation and practice in support of keeping women and their children safe. She has also contributed on an international level in Timor Leste, Canada, Aotearoa (NZ), Sweden, UK and Brazil, and was an active member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Australia from the early 1980’s. 

Angela led the women’s refuge movement in WA to successfully lobby government to increase funding to women’s refuges, consulted with all stakeholders in the field of  Domestic and Family Violence to identify unmet and unexpressed need in the community and then consulted with and researched services to address these needs. Many of the outcomes of these consultations have led to innovation in the laws, policing, perpetrator accountability, government policy and community understanding of the barriers faced by women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.

Angela Hartwig passed away on 16.12.2020