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Safer Pathway for domestic violence victims

Safer Pathway for domestic violence victims

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Pru Goward, and Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, today announced the roll out of Safer Pathway in the Mid-North Coast Local Area Command (LAC) from September 2017. 

Ms Goward said Safer Pathway aims to ensure domestic violence victims receive a consistent and effective response.

“Victims will have easier access to the services they need. They will no longer have to re-tell their story to a multitude of government agencies,” Ms Goward said.

Safer Pathway brings together local agency representatives to create a streamlined, integrated referral pathway for victims who are at threat to their health or safety.

The NSW Government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway state-wide, with 21 new locations rolled out in 2016-17.

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, welcomed the announcement that Safer Pathway will be rolling out to the Mid-North Coast LAC.

“This is a major step forward in dealing with the scourge of domestic violence; people experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support.

Safer Pathway will change how domestic violence is managed in our community. The tailored support that this program will provide is crucial,” Mrs Pavey said. 

The agencies involved in Safer Pathways  include: Police, Health, Corrections, Family and Community Services, and Education, along with local specialist non-government domestic and family violence services.