20 March 2017
Domestic and family violence victims living in the Bourke area will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the rollout of a new Safer Pathway site.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced the new site is now operational, with the Bourke Safety Action Meeting [SAM] taking place this month.
The Bourke SAM covers the Darling River police Local Area Command (LAC).
Launched by the NSW Government in September 2014, Safer Pathway puts the safety of victims and their children at the centre of the response.
There will be 27 Safer Pathway SAM sites operating across NSW by the end of this month.
Rather than the victim having to navigate their way through the service system to stay safe from violence, Safer Pathway creates a coordinated response where agencies work proactively to provide victims with the support they need, without having to repeat their story multiple times.
Agencies meet on a regular basis to ensure victims’ needs are met through services such as housing, counselling and police.
“Victims who have been left traumatised and terrified will no longer have to shop around to get the services they need,” Mr Humphries said.
“This rollout means that victims in our community can now receive coordinated help and support to live their lives free from violence.
“The program has been up and running in Broken Hill for a while now and we are seeing great results,” he said.
For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website www.women.nsw.gov.au.