Monday, 12 March 2018
THE HUME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS NOW ON A SAFER PATHWAY
Domestic and family violence victims living in The Hume Police District will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site this month.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward announced today that Safer Pathway will become operational this month with the first Safety Action Meeting (SAM) taking place on Thursday, March 22 at Goulburn South Public School.
Created by the NSW Government, Safer Pathway puts the safety of victims and their children at the centre of the response.
Safer Pathway aims to ensure victims receive a consistent and effective response by bringing together local representatives including Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services and Education along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services.
The NSW Government has committed more than $53 million over four years for Safer Pathway, with 43 SAM sites operating across NSW by the end of this month. Ms Goward said that agencies working together meant victims would no longer have to repeat their story multiple times.
“Safer Pathway creates a coordinated response where agencies work proactively to provide victims with the support they need,” Ms Goward said.
“The roll-out of Safer Pathway across The Hume Local Area Command will help support victims of domestic violence and their children within the local community.
“Through government and non-government collaboration, it will help build a clearer picture of a victim’s support needs to help ensure their safety.” For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website www.women.nsw.gov.au