Escaping domestic violence: safety for women

July 28, 2016
Escaping domestic violence
Escaping domestic violence panels convened to help women stay safe

Escaping domestic violence: Specialist panels convened to help women stay safe from domestic violence will be rolled out in Mt Druitt by November under a new government program as reported by Elisha Pearce.

NSW Government Domestic Violence Prevention Minister Pru Goward visited Blacktown last week to announce new areas in western Sydney that will receive funding under the Safer Pathway program.

Mt Druitt and Quakers Hill will roll out the program that falls under the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (CAS), which assists women at Mt Druitt and Penrith courts.

Ms Goward said Safer Pathway aimed to ensure every domestic violence victim in NSW received a consistent and effective response regardless of where they lived.

“Following the success of Safer Pathway’s first six sites, the NSW Government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway statewide, with 21 new locations rolling out in 2016-17,” Ms Goward said.

“Courageous victims who have been left traumatised and terrified will no longer have to shop around to get the services they need nor will they have to re-tell their story to a multitude of government agencies.”

CAS co-ordinator Cheryl Alexander said the service will convene panels chaired by the relevant NSW Police local area command, and be attended by representatives of various government agencies — health, corrections, family and community services and education — as well as local specialists.

Escaping domestic violence: “This part of the program is where safety action needs to occur and managing serious risk clients,” Ms Alexander said.

“This is case co-ordination work done with services focusing on the seriously at-risk clients.

“They’ll know when someone is going to be released from prison to make sure if the victim needs to be aware of it or if extra precaution needs to be taken.

“Courageous victims who have been left traumatised and terrified will no longer have to shop around to get the services they need nor will they have to re-tell their story to a multitude of government agencies.” To read more click here.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

Escaping domestic violence and domestic violence call for abstracts

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 22nd August 2016.

 

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