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2st/Powerfm crew strides out at the SAHSSI 30 walk.

 

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The 2st/Powerfm crew put in some big strides taking part in the SAHSSI 30 walk.

The community event aims to raise awareness of women’s homelessness and domestic violence in the Shoalhaven while at the same time raising much needed funds for SAHSSI Shoalhaven.

The event is a challenging walk/shuffle/jog/run along the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay.

About 400 walkers took in the part fundraiser, observing social distancing and COVID-19 safe protocols.

Participants were treated to refreshments at Hyams Beach Village Picnic Area to mark the halfway point.

The goal, to raise $10,000 for SAHSSI Shoalhaven.

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Domestic violence targeted in South Coast police operation

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Officers from South Coast Police District are placing a strong focus on reducing domestic and family violence incidents across the community.

More than 220 apprehended violence order compliance checks have been conducted by officers from South Coast Police District since the start of the month, as police continue to target high-risk domestic-violence offenders.

Operation Making Families Safer 2020 commenced on Wednesday April 1.

South Coast General duties police, assisted by specialist police from the Southern Region’s Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team (DVHROT), Proactive Crime Team and Region Enforcement Squad (RES) have been involved in the operation, showing strong support for victims while also holding offenders accountable for their actions.

Police are closely monitoring the rates of domestic violence offending, and now have the ability to immediately increase the protective conditions of an existing AVO.

Police also have new legislative ability to extend the length of a provisional ADVO from 28 days up to a maximum of six months when required.

Of the 220 compliance checks, one breach has been detected resulting in the offender being charged and put before the court.

South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Greg Moore, said despite the current pandemic, domestic violence is still a crime and police will continue to exercise zero tolerance.

“Our officers are actively knocking on the doors of those known to police to keep perpetrators accountable for their actions and to show support for victims who often find themselves in vulnerable situations,” Supt Moore said.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic or family violence, multiple services are available to provide immediate support.

Available services include:

• 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a confidential information, counselling and support service;

• NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) is a statewide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women;

• Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men;

• Link2Home (1800 152 152) can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation; and

• Lifeline (13 11 14) is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

If you are in danger or in an emergency, always contact Triple Zero (000).

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Escape bags for victims of domestic violence

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A new initiative has been developed across the Southern Highlands to help victims fleeing domestic and family violence.

Escabags has teamed up with GIVIT to provide free tote bags filled with the necessities that a victim of abuse and their children may need when initially escaping a dangerous or abusive situation.

That includes SIM cards, toiletries, nappies and vouchers.

Kirsty Bender from GIVIT said they already have a number of businesses on board.

"There are more than ten stockists in the Southern Highlands, including community centres, pharmacies, hairdressers and cafes,"she said.

For further details click here 

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Huge funding boost to tackle domestic violence

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The Shoalhaven has been described as a domestic violence hot spot for many years, and one of the worst  areas in NSW for violence within the home.

However people fleeing violent homes will benefit from a massive NSW Government investment in housing and specialist support services.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward says the $484 million funding boost will focus on ensuring anyone leaving a violent relationship is able to access secure and stable accommodation.

He says domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children.

"Secure and stable accommodation is one of the biggest challenges a woman and her children can face when trying to safely leave a violent relationship," Mr Ward said.

"In fact, domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and children, with almost 40 per cent of the people who accessed specialist homelessness services in NSW in 2019-20 having experienced domestic abuse."

He said the funding commitment "will help thousands of women and children across the state to access the shelter and supports they need to start rebuilding their lives".

Most of the money will go to building 75 women’s refuges designed around the core and cluster model, where clusters of housing units will be built around cores where residents can access supports such s counselling and legal support, and amenities like communal kitchens and playgrounds.

There will also be money to build an extra 200 sustainable and affordable housing units under the Community Housing Innovation Fund, a partnership between the NSW Government and the community housing sector.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said children impacted by family violence must not be forgotten, and the government was also investing in specialist supports for children and young people as part of the funding package.

"Specialist homelessness services supported more than 8,200 children in families experiencing domestic violence 2019-20," Mrs Hancock said.

"The trial announced this week will provide another 3,200 children and young people with access to the trauma-informed care and educational supports they need to help them recover too.” 

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New domestic violence laws to protect pets

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New laws come into effect this week to help protect pets from domestic violence related abuse.

The protection of animals will now be automatically included in a standard Apprehended Domestic Violence Order.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock says perpetrators often use animals to coerce or control victims, threatening to hurt or kill pets to keep them in a relationship or as punishment for leaving.

"These important measures will help protect pets and their owners," she added.

Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said the protection of animals will now be a standard Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) condition after reforms passed Parliament in November.

“This cruelty and manipulation can leave victims terrified of the consequences for their beloved animals and can therefore delay or prevent them from leaving a violent situation. These reforms aim to help guard against this abhorrent form of abuse,” Mr Speakman said.

 Domestic Violence NSW CEO Delia Donovan CEO says the state’s leading organisation for specialist domestic violence services, says pets are an integral part of some people’s lives, and perpetrators often use them to gain control with threats to kill or hurt animals.

“These reforms are essential to improving the safety of people experiencing domestic violence, and we wholeheartedly support them,” Ms Donovan said.

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said for too long, animals in domestic and family violence situations have not been given the recognition they deserved.

“We are pleased to see changes and the opportunity for more services to be equipped to support people and help animals live free from violence and abuse,” Mr Coleman said.

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Police record 526 AVO breaches during Southern region blitz

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Police might be focusing on the roads this long weekend with double demerits now in force but they have also been keeping a close eye on domestic violence throughout the Southern region and will continue to do so.

More than 5,700 Apprehended Violence Order compliance checks have been conducted by officers since early April with 526 breaches recorded.

South Coast, Hume and Lake Illawarra among the police districts taking part.

Acting Southern Region Commander Greg Moore said police have been monitoring DV during the pandemic and will continue to have zero tolerance for the offence.

"Our officers have and will continue to actively knock on the doors of those known to police to keep perpetrators accountable for their actions and to show support for victims who often find themselves in vulnerable situations.

"We have been keeping a close eye on crime throughout this pandemic, and that includes those crimes committed within the home.

"Domestic violence is a criminal offence and we’re not just talking about physical assaults; it includes verbal, psychological, mental and emotional abuse.

"As well as targeting those with a history of offending, we will continue to act on information received from the community to ensure domestic violence perpetrators are dealt with swiftly and appropriately," Acting Assistant Commissioner Moore said.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic or family violence, multiple services are available to provide immediate support.

Available services include:

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a confidential information, counselling and support service.

NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) is a statewide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women.

Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men.

Link2Home (1800 152 152) can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

If you are in danger or in an emergency, always contact Triple Zero (000).

Police said the operation is expected to be run again later this year.

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Police target domestic and family violence

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South Coast Police District Commander and Region Sponsor for Domestic Violence, Superintendent Greg Moore, said there was no excuse for domestic and family violence as police launched a proactive operation targeting high-risk domestic-violence offenders.

The 16-day operation that started this week will ensure offenders are held accountable for their actions, according to Superintendent Moore.

As part of the operation South Coast police are putting repeat domestic violence offenders under the microscope.

“There is no excuse for domestic and family violence and our proactive operation will continue to target high-risk domestic-violence offenders and ensure they are held accountable for their actions,” Superintendent Moore said.

“Police remain committed to helping victims of domestic violence and will not hesitate in bringing offenders to justice.”

During the state-wide operation, police will implement a number of proactive strategies including, Apprehended Domestic Violence Order compliance checks, proactive checks targeting known offenders and providing additional support to at-risk victims.

The 16-day operation started yesterday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

It will continue until World Human Rights Day on December 10.

Since this time last year, more than 16,000 checks have been conducted across Southern Region, to ensure apprehended domestic violence orders are being complied with.

In addition to policing strategies, officers from the Southern Region will be involved in community events being held across the local police districts.

If you, or anyone you know has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence, contact your local police. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Support is available via the following helplines –

  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) - a confidential information, counselling and support service;
  • NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) - a state-wide telephone crisis counselling and referral service for women;
  • Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491) - provide telephone counselling, information and referrals for men;
  • Link2Home (1800 152 152) - can help refer women experiencing domestic violence to crisis accommodation; and
  • Lifeline (13 11 14) - a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • If you are in danger or in an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000)

Survivors encouraged to continue speaking out

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Hundreds of domestic violence victim-survivors have contacted support services following the NSW Government’s ‘Speak Out’ campaign, with the positive impact prompting another round of the campaign to begin today.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has says the high profile campaign encouraged victim-survivors to contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line drove a spike in requests for support.

“The NSW Domestic Violence Line received 1,000 additional calls during the campaign period, which enabled their experienced frontline staff to support more people escape abusive relationships,” he said.

The powerful image of women’s faces with ‘Speak Out’ written across them will be rolled out once again thanks to COVID-19 stimulus funding announced last year.

A key feature of ‘Speak Out’ is the diversity of people represented, including those of different ages, and cultures. The expanded campaign will appear across metropolitan and regional NSW and on social media, focussing on multicultural and Aboriginal audiences complemented by in-language radio advertisements, plus Koori Radio.

“The campaign’s message to victim-survivors is simple – every member of our society has the right to live their life free from abuse and violence,” Mr Ward said.

“This campaign will ensure that language is not a barrier to services, information and support for victim-survivors.

“I’m pleased to report that resources and ads will be featured in Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi, and Vietnamese so everyone across our community can access crucial support."

The NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463 can help victim-survivors 24/7 with free, confidential support including finding accommodation, providing information about frontline services and contacting police, lawyers and the courts. Interpreters are also available.

More information on the campaign is available on the website at: https://www.speakout.dcj.nsw.gov.au/

Woman stabbed in alleged Tahmoor DV attack

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A man has been charged after allegedly stabbing a woman during a violent domestic at a business in Tahmoor.

Police said the 32-year-old victim suffered lacerations to her hands and a fractured wrist.

She was taken to Campbelltown Hospital while a 62-year-old man was arrested at the scene and also taken for assessment.

He was then taken to Narellan Police Station and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (DV) and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV).

He's spent the night in the lock up ahead of a court appearance in Campbelltown today.

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