Help for abuse victims

ASKING whether someone is okay extends to those you suspect may be victims of domestic violence.

Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre women's safety coordinator Kathryn Walford says having a friend, colleague or family member asking a victim if they are okay opens up the line of communication.

"It is hopeful the victim seeking support will open up and feel confident to make changes to keep safe," Kathryn says.

It is hopeful the victim seeking support will open up and feel confident to make changes to keep safe

Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre women's safety coordinator Kathryn Walford

"By making contact with appropriate services such as the NSW Police, 1800 RESPECT hotline, Life Line, connecting community services will refer the [victim] to our internal domestic violence counselling services-women's safety coordinator and/or the Aboriginal men's violence prevention and wellbeing.

"Our team at Connecting are trained to support victims of all domestic abuse including individual and family supports."

Kathryn says if a person finds themselves in an unsafe situation, they should ring000 if they feel their lives or those they love are at risk.

They can also report the act, to 1800 RESPECTor call services such as Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre so support workers can appropriately support and refer to other services as needed.

"Connecting community services can assist someone who is being abused at home with support getting the perpetrator out of the house," Kathryn says.

"Or, if the victim chooses to leave, the women's safety coordinator will support the victim by assisting [him or her] with referrals to the domestic violence counselling service that CCS have, supporting the victim at DCJ Housing with temporary accommodation and applying to be placed on their housing-community waiting list; also, taking the victim to view private rentals and apply for all private rentals the victim has viewed."

As women's safety coordinator, Kathryn also refers and supports the victim to organisations such as Orana Support, NSW Western Women's Legal Service and the Women's Domestic Violence, to create a better outcome for each and every client that they see.

Kathryn says anyone who finds themselves as a victim of domestic violence should talk to a close friend-family member about what has been going on, or call local services such as Connecting Community Services on 1800 319 551.

REACHING OUT: team at Connecting are trained to support victims of all domestic abuse including individual and family supports.

REACHING OUT: team at Connecting are trained to support victims of all domestic abuse including individual and family supports.

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