New domestic violence safety centre to open in Port Lincoln

SAFE HAVEN: Statistics show rates of domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote locations are higher than in urban areas due to geographical factors, lack of resources and social norms or attitudes that are specific to these communities. Photo: File
SAFE HAVEN: Statistics show rates of domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote locations are higher than in urban areas due to geographical factors, lack of resources and social norms or attitudes that are specific to these communities. Photo: File

A 10th state government-approved safety hub for victims of domestic violence is planned to open in Port Lincoln with the assistance of local support service Yarredi Services.

The organisation has secured the location for the Women's Wellbeing and Safety Centre at 34 Mortlock Terrace, with plans to open by January 2022.

The centre will help victims seek help, information and referrals as well as housing, police and legal matters, family intervention, financial counselling, mental health medical services and drug and alcohol services.

Yarredi Services is the lead agency in the development of the Women's Wellbeing and Safety Centre, in partnership with SAPOL, Centacare, Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service, the Department of Human Services, Family Violence Legal Service, Aboriginal Family Support Services and Housing SA.

Assistant Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Minister Carolyn Power said consultation with regional communities was a key driver in establishing the safety hubs.

"We've been told by women who access regional safety hubs just how much the service provides an important place of safety, connection and peace for them," she said.

"Safety hubs not only help women to access advice they need - but the training and up-skilling of local volunteers helps to boost community understanding about domestic violence and empowers more people to know how to help each other."

In addition, a newly established state-wide Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Alliance has been formed, offering the following services:

  • Port Lincoln Regional Domestic and Family Violence Service (Yarredi Services)
  • Whyalla Regional Domestic Violence Service (Centacare Catholic Family Services)
  • Port Augusta Regional Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Service (Uniting Country SA)
  • Ceduna Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Service (Centacare Catholic Country SA)

The hubs complement a range of other new domestic violence initiatives that specifically assist regional communities.

A total of $4 million from the initiative has been allocated for 40 new crisis accommodation beds, while $200,000 from the National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence has been given to Centacare Catholic Country SA for a community recovery and prevention project in the Riverland, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln.

In addition, $289,000 has also been given by the National Partnership to fund perpetrator interventions, including Aboriginal organisation KWY to increase outreach capacity in regional communities.

According to statistics from The Australian Institute of Family Studies, rates of domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote locations are higher than in urban areas due to geographical factors, lack of resources and social norms or attitudes that are specific to these communities.

IF YOU NEED SUPPORT

  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line - 1800 800 098
  • 1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732