Domestic and family violence victims living in the Ashfield, Burwood and Campsie Local Area Commands (LACs) will soon have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site in March next year.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward was joined today by the Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti at Five Dock Police Station to make the announcement.
Created by the NSW Government, Safer Pathway puts the safety of victims and their children at the centre of the response.
Safer Pathway aims to ensure victims receive a consistent and effective response by bringing together local representatives including Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services and Education along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services.
The NSW Government has committed more than $50 million over four years for Safer Pathway.
Ms Goward said that agencies working together meant victims would no longer have to repeat their story multiple times.
“Safer Pathway creates a coordinated response where agencies work proactively to provide victims with the support they need,” Ms Goward said.
John Sidoti MP welcomed the roll-out of Safer Pathway across the Burwood Local Area Command which will help support victims of domestic violence and their children within the local community.
“Victims will no longer have to constantly re-live the trauma of their experience by having to tell their story several times,” Mr Sidoti said.
For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website www.women.nsw.gov.au.