Two safety hubs for family violence victims in the Whyalla and Limestone Coast regions have been fast-tracked as part of a broader rollout of safety hubs across regional South Australia. Source: ABC News.
The hubs are expected to open in December and will form part of the state’s $2.4 million funding to assist women experiencing domestic abuse.
Centacare Catholic Country SA chief executive Jen Cleary welcomed the funding and said each hub would look different depending on its location.
‘They’re geared towards what the different needs are in different regions so that women can have access to the hub that best suits their needs,” Dr Cleary said.
She said safety hubs differed from shelters as centralised areas to access a one-stop suite of services to assist women in escaping family violence.
“A safety hub provides specific types of help for women and that could include specialist domestic and family violence services and perhaps legal, health and financial counselling,” Dr Cleary said.
She said regional safety hubs were especially important for women to have a “one-stop” place to find information and receive support and, in Whyalla’s case, Centacare will be doing a range of consultations with stakeholders and services in the community to find out what sort of hub will suit the region.
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said South Australia had shared in $4.8 million in federal funding as part of a response package to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from COVID-19.
Whyalla and Limestone Coast regions to get domestic violence safety hubs (By Georgia Roberts and Evelyn Leckie, ABC News)