Safer pathways for domestic violence victims
Few people in our communities are more vulnerable than those seeking to flee domestic violence. Victims and their children can find themselves with no support networks, nowhere to stay and little idea of where to start to get the help they need.
The Safer Pathway program, rolled out by the NSW Government in 2014, gives victims of family and domestic violence access to tailored, multi-agency support across the State.
The program is part of the State Government’s commitment to reducing family violence, and a further $53 million in funding has been announced for the program over a four-year period so it can expand statewide to 21 new locations. The expansion follows on from last year’s successful trial of the Safer Pathway program in six locations across NSW.
Safer Pathways is a new approach to helping victims of domestic violence by offering tailored support to meet their needs in the short, medium and long term, as well as providing a single point of contact to make accessing services easier.
It brings together local representatives including Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services and Education along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services, creating a streamlined, integrated referral pathway for victims whose lives, health or safety are threatened.
To find out more, visit http://www.women.nsw.gov.au.