Issued: Tuesday 27 September 2016
A new phone number will give free, accurate and timely advice and referrals for victims of domestic violence across NSW, Attorney General Gabrielle Upton announced today.
"For the first time a single, easy to remember number will connect a victim directly with the local Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) when they enter a postcode," Ms Upton said.
"This is just one more way the NSW Government is making local, targeted support for domestic violence victims and their families fast and accessible."
1800 WDVCAS (1800 938 227) will link victims with a range of local support services including accommodation, counselling, financial support, court support, legal advice and referrals to government and non-government organisations.
"In our 20th year of operation in 2015-16, 28 Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services in 114 courts supported 34,434 women and their children with 145,341 services – the biggest number ever," said Michelle Jones, manager of the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program at Legal Aid NSW.
When a domestic violence complaint is made to police, victims are immediately linked to professional staff who help guide them through the police and court process as well as refer them to government and non-government agencies for immediate and ongoing needs.
Under the NSW Government's $53 million Safer Pathway program, WDVCAS plays a key role to help coordinate government and non-government support for victims in need of protection who are at risk of further harm injury or death.