Department of Family and Community Services

Domestic violence victims in Wagga Waga on a safer pathway

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14 Jul 2016

People experiencing domestic and family violence in Wagga Wagga will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of Safer Pathway in the Wagga Wagga and Cootamundra Police Local Area Commands from November 2016.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward was joined today by the Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire at the Wagga Wagga 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.

“Following the success of Safer Pathway’s first six sites, the NSW Government has committed $53 million over four years to expand Safer Pathway statewide, with 21 new locations rolling out in 2016-17,” 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.

“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.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Justice Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in NSW.

“This roll out means even more victims across NSW will now receive coordinated help and support to live their lives free from violence,” Mr Grant said.

Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire welcomed the announcement that Wagga Wagga would be one of the first areas for the Safer Pathway expansion.
“We know that having the right support in place is vital. That is why I am so pleased that victims seeking support in Wagga Wagga will have the tailored support through Safer Pathway to ensure their safety and recovery from abusive relationships,” Mr Maguire said