How does a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion help?

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AMONG other ser­vices, Bel­mont’s Jacaranda Com­mu­nity Cen­tre have fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lors and Abo­rig­i­nal fam­ily sup­port of­fi­cers who see an end­less num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

Fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lor Clarissa Harp said there had been oc­ca­sions where she had seen clients who were in refuges, es­cap­ing do­mes­tic vi- olence, need­ing fi­nan­cial ad­vice so they could leave the refuge.

“Money is­sues and stress are fac­tors of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” she said.

“We get a lot of re­fer­rals from refuges or the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies which are usu­ally do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases.”

At Jacaranda, the of­fi­cers not only help with fi­nan­cial coun­selling but can also link the vic­tims up with other ser­vices so they leave with ev­ery­thing sorted.

Jacaranda’s Abo­rig­i­nal fam­ily sup­port of­fi­cers work a lot with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims when it comes to find­ing them homes. Jacaranda helps with hous­ing evic­tions and ur­gent trans­fers.

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