How does a local organisation help?
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.