Walgett to receive women's domestic violence court advocacy service
Domestic and family violence victims living in and near Walgett Shire will now have a single contact point to access the support they need, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced today.
Mr Humphries, along with Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward and Attorney General Mark Speakman said a Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) will be established in Walgett from July.
The WDVCAS provides vital information, assistance and court advocacy services to women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
The service also facilitates access to a support system for legal and social needs, and works in collaboration with local police, courts and other members of the justice sector to respond effectively to domestic violence.
“The WDVCAS is vital in keeping victims safe and providing critical support like helping women obtain legal protection,” Ms Goward said.
Mr Humphries said he was pleased that Walgett families at risk of experiencing violence will now have access to this service.
“Once this court advocacy service is in place, it is my hope that we can then implement the Safer Pathways program that is proving so effective in Broken Hill and now Bourke,” he said.
The Walgett WDVCAS will be the 29th in the state, with all services overseen by Legal Aid NSW.
“The expert lawyers at Legal Aid are committed to supporting women and their children to overcome the challenges they face in escaping domestic violence safely,” Mr Speakman said.
For more information on Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, visit www.wdvcasnsw.org.au.