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Domestic violence victims on a Safer Pathway

People experiencing domestic violence in the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command (LAC) will receive tailored, multi-agency support with the roll out of the Safer Pathway program from November.
The program was announced last Friday by Coffs MP, Andrew Fraser and Clarence MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis who were joined by the Commander of the Coffs/Clarence LAC, Superintendent Mark Holahan and Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson.
“The Safer Pathway program aims to ensure every domestic violence victim across NSW receives a consistent and effective response regardless of where they live,” Mr Fraser said.
“We know that having the right support in place is vital. That is why I am so pleased that victims seeking support will have the tailored support through the Safer Pathway program to ensure their safety and recovery from abusive relationships,” Mr Gulaptis 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.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said 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.
“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. “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.