In the past twelve months, over 2000 women in Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands have been supported through critical domestic and family violence support services offered by YWCA Australia.
“We offer our Domestic Violence Intervention Service and the women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service at the Nowra Police Station and in local courts at Nowra, Milton and Mossvale,” explains Shannon Wright, YWCA Australia’s Director of Service Delivery and Development.
This unique partnership agreement between experienced frontline workers at YWCA Australia, NSW Police and other community partners assists women and children through stressful and emotional situations immediately after escaping domestic and family violence.
“These services provide support to all women who are at threat of domestic and family violence, including women who are seeking protection through the court system. We sincerely thank the NSW Police with whom we have a terrific working relationship and share the common goal of keeping our community safe,” Ms Wright said.
NSW Police Force, South Coast Police District Commander, Detective Superintendent Greg Moore says, “NSW Police are committed to working with all stakeholders to address the issue of domestic violence in our communities. We appreciate the work of the YWCA in supporting those in need and look forward to working closely alongside their team of dedicated staff in supporting our most vulnerable.”
Sadly, YWCA Australia believes that these numbers of women needing these services will only grow.
“We would like to think that one day, our services won’t be required,” says Ms. Wright. “But these figures are growing every year, and we expect that incidences of domestic violence will increase over the coming holiday season and the summer months.”
“It is important for women to know there are support services available that can assist and support them during these times.”
For more information about YWCA Australia’s domestic violence programs in Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands, please call 02 4423-8501 or email [email protected].
Research shows that domestic violence rates often spike after disasters, such as the current catastrophic bushfires being experienced across Australia. If you or someone you know needs support, please contact 1800 RESPECT, who are available 24/7 for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.