SYS­TEM UN­DER PRES­SURE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

Ge­orge Jones Centre's Amanda Pa­ton said the Centre was well over ca­pac­ity, with a wait­list for psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices for fam­i­lies fac­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence stretch­ing out to six months at last count. “We have to hold a lot of fam­i­lies be­cause there's nowhere to re­fer them to,” she said. The Centre is cur­rently see­ing more than 100 clients, with a big caseload on fam­ily ad­vo­cates. The multi-agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sup­port team (MIST), a join re­sponse be­tween po­lice, child pro­tec­tion and Park­erville, which in­ves­ti­gates cases of child sex­ual abuse, is hold­ing be­tween four and 10 foren­sic in­ter­views every week, and has seen more than 530 cases in 18 months.

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