People experiencing domestic and family violence will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway in the Penrith and St Marys Local Area Commands (LACs) from September 2017.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward was joined today by the Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres at Penrith Police station to make the announcement.
Ms Goward said Safer Pathway aims to ensure every domestic violence victim across NSW receives a consistent and effective response regardless of where they live.
“Courageous victims who have been left traumatised and terrified will no longer have to shop around to get the services they need nor will they have to re-tell their story to a multitude of government agencies,” Ms Goward said.
Safer Pathway 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 who are ‘at threat’ or ‘at serious threat’ to their life, health or safety.
The NSW Government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway state-wide, with 21 new locations rolling out in 2016-17.
Minister for Police Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in NSW.
“This roll out is a major step forward for those affected by the scourge of domestic violence in Penrith, with coordinated help and support readily available,” Mr Grant said.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres welcomed the announcement that Safer Pathway will be rolling out to Penrith and St Marys LAC.
“We know that having the right support in place is vital and that is why I am so pleased that victims needing help in this area will have the tailored support through Safer Pathway to ensure their safety and recovery from abusive relationships,” Mr Ayres said.