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Northern beaches domestic and family violence victims now on a safer pathway

23 Mar 2017

Victims experiencing domestic and family violence living on the Northern Beaches will now have a single contact point to access the support they need with the commencement of the Northern Beaches Safer Pathway site.

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, including Health, Police, FACS, Education and specialist non-government services, work proactively to provide victims with the support they need without having to repeat their story multiple times.

“Victims who have been left traumatised and terrified will no longer have to shop around to get the services they need,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said.

The Northern Beaches SAM covers the Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai police Local Area Commands (LACs).

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.

For more information on Safer Pathway, visit the Women NSW website.

The Manly Community Centre, which the Minister visited, is a critical component to the domestic and family violence response in the area and will receive close to $700,000 in funding over the next three years for Targeted Earlier Intervention.

While Ms Goward was in Manly today she also visited a local women’s shelter.