Apr 24
Agencies join forces to help stop domestic violence

Dubbo Women’s Health Team has partnered with Rural New Street to host a special get together to broaden the awareness of domestic violence support agencies available in the Dubbo region.

Women’s Health Nurse Joe Phillips said the breakfast will be targeted at a range of non-government organisations as well as government agencies that offer a specialised service for people experiencing domestic violence.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for us to get together and meet the people who are working towards stopping domestic violence in our communities.

“Our organisations can work very closely and cohesively, once we identify all the services and build some vital networks which we will achieve at this breakfast.” Ms Phillips said.

The breakfast will be fittingly held on National Stop Domestic Violence Day 26 April 2012.

New Street Counsellor Donna Shadwell said the day is an opportunity to raise awareness about a very serious and all too common issue.

“Domestic violence is prevalent in our communities. We are spreading the word that it is not acceptable and that there are many organisations and individuals in our community who are committed to stopping violence against women.

“National Stop Domestic Violence Day is our chance to stand up and say we are here to help.” Ms Shadwell said.

Agency representatives will each discuss what their service offers, unique initiatives underway and also identify areas where the service is lacking.

“It will be a bit of a brainstorming breakfast, so that we can chat in a relaxed environment and get a feel for all the services available. It’ll be great to see where we can help one and other out.

“While domestic violence can certainly be physically harming, it can also have a very serious effect on a victim’s mental health also. It’s also a topic that concerns the whole family and also friends who can feel powerless to help in this situation.” Ms Phillips said.

Media is invited to attend the breakfast on Thursday 26 April 2012, Rural New Street, 47 Bultje Street Dubbo 8.30am – 10.00am.

Please contact Counsellor Donna Shadwell on 6883 6400 for more information.