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To: NSW State Government Minister for Family and Community Services
Restore funding for preventative Domestic Violence Services in the Tweed Shire.
Dear Minister Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services,
Please restore funding to enable preventative and early intervention services to Women experiencing abuse and domestic violence in the Tweed shire.
These services had been provided by The Tweed Valley Women's Service for 30 years until it was forced to close down when they were advised of a sudden cancellation of their contract on 17 Dec 2015.
Without access to the $580,000 of State funding, this resulted in the loss of 13 jobs, including 7 indigenous employees.
Why is this important?
The current services require that a woman be homeless or at risk of homelessness to receive any specialist services. This leaves a considerable gap for women who need to, or choose to, stay at home while in abusive and violent relationships. These women caught in the cycle of abuse need access to services to assist them in dealing with their psychologically complex and frightening situations. They need a safe place where they can walk in and engage with specialist staff who understand what they are going through.
Given society's increased awareness of the impact of abuse and violence on women and their families, it is unacceptable to abandon women and deprive them of access to these much needed services, which included counseling, education and mentoring in a culturally safe environment.
How it will be delivered
We will use these signatures but also need 10,000 signatures on HARD COPY to have this matter tabled in State Parliament. Can you help? Please message us to obtain a copy of the petition via our Facebook site: Womens Watch Community Action Group https://www.facebook.com/womenswatchgroup/