Domestic and family violence victims living in the Brisbane Water Police District will now have a single contact point to access the support they need, with the commencement of the new Safer Pathway program this month.
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward today announced that Safer Pathway will become operational this month, with the first Safety Action Meeting (SAM) being held today.
Introduced 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 Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services and Education representatives, as well as local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services.
Mr Crouch welcomed the roll-out of Safer Pathway across the Brisbane Water Police District.
“Through government and non-government collaboration, Safer Pathway will help to build a clearer picture of a victim’s support needs to help ensure their safety,” Mr Crouch said.
“Last October I was joined by Minister Goward to announce the local roll-out of Safer Pathway, and I’m really pleased that this initiative is being quickly implemented for the benefit of the Central Coast community.”
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 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. For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website: www.women.nsw.gov.au.