DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS ON A SAFER PATHWAY
People experiencing domestic and family violence throughout the Tamworth region will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant was joined today by the Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson at the Oxley Local Area Command NSW Police stand at AgQuip to make the announcement.
The Safer Pathway program will roll out in the Oxley Local Area Command (LAC) from March 2017 and will bring together local representatives including Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services and Education along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services, creating a streamlined, integrated referral pathway for victims who are ‘at threat’ or ‘at serious threat’ to their life, health or safety.
Mr Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in NSW.
“Domestic violence is a scourge and has no place in the community. The rollout of Safer Pathway will mean more people escaping domestic violence will get the personalised help they need when they need it most.”
Mr Anderson 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.
“It is vital that we have the right support in place for people experiencing domestic violence. Safer Pathway provides that tailored support to domestic violence survivors for things such as housing, safety planning and healthcare,” Mr Anderson said.
“The NSW Government is working hard to make meaningful reforms that will make a lasting difference to the lives of women, men and children so they can live safe lives free of domestic violence.”
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said Safer Pathway aims to ensure every domestic violence victim across NSW receives a consistent and effective response regardless of where they live.
“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.
The Safer Pathways services will be coordinated by the New England Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS).