Help to pro­tect women

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

SPE­CIAL­IST panels con­vened to help women stay safe from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence will be rolled out in Mt Druitt by No­vem­ber un­der a new State Gov­ern­ment pro­gram.

NSW Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Min­is­ter Pru Goward vis­ited Black­town re­cently 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 the pro­gram aimed to en­sure ev­ery do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tim in NSW re­ceived a con­sis­tent and ef­fec­tive re­sponse re­gard­less of where they lived.

She an­nounced fund­ing to set up spe­cial­ist panels to pro­tect women in Mt Druitt and Black­town.

“Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Safer Path­way’s first six sites, the Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $53 mil­lion over four years ... 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 ser­vices they need nor retell their story to a mul­ti­tude of gov­ern­ment agen­cies.”

CAS co-or­di­na­tor Ch­eryl Alexan­der said the ser­vice would con­vene panels chaired by the rel­e­vant NSW Po­lice lo­cal area com­mand, and be at­tended by var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Vic­tims who have been trau­ma­tised and ter­ri­fied will no longer have to shop around to get ser­vices Pru Goward

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