Help to protect women
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