Domestic and family violence victims living in the Mid North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of a new Safer Pathway site.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward, Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams announced that Safer Pathway will become operational this month.
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 $50 million over four years for Safer Pathway, with 34 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.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams welcomed the roll-out.
“Safer Pathway rolling out to our community is part of the NSW Government’s record $350 million investment over four years to tackle domestic violence,” Mrs Williams said.
Melinda Pavey MP said, “The NSW Government continues to deliver on our commitment to ensure women, children and men are kept safe from domestic and family violence.
For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website www.women.nsw.gov.au.