To learn more about services for women and children that have experienced domestic violence in a regional environment, the Governor-General visited the UnitingCare Wesley Country SA (UCWCSA) Port Augusta Regional Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Services in Port Augusta.
The service provides support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Safe secure fully equipped crisis housing may be provided as well as counselling, goal setting, advocacy, referral and general support. UCWCSA has been supporting clients impacted by all forms of family violence in Port Augusta for more than 17 years and in particular “the past twelve months have seen over 150 women and children access the service with 2,640 nights of crisis accommodation provided” stated Anthea Pavy, chief executive officer at UCWCSA.
Anthea was pleased with the visit and said “it is fantastic to see such a high profile public figure taking interest in this complex issue, especially as Port Augusta is currently experiencing a concerning increase in the numbers of people seeking help”.
There is often confusion about the nature of domestic violence.
“It is more than just physical violence it often includes emotional, social, sexual, financial and other components. These aspects, which are associated with physical violence, can also be early indicators of physical violence to come,” Anthea said.
It is important to seek help early. If you or someone you know needs support or information regarding domestic or family violence please contact our 24 hour service on 0428 326 529.