Domestic violence and housing forum in Pt Augusta
The Office for Women, in partnership with the SA Housing Authority, hosted a domestic violence and housing stakeholder forum in Port Augusta on Wednesday 21 November.
The forum was part of a series of domestic violence roundtables held across the state to seek feedback on the Government’s commitments to addressing domestic and family violence.
Participants at the Pt Augusta forum discussed a regional perspective on how service responses can be redesigned to make the most of new measures announced in the 2018 State Budget, to support women and their children at risk.
The measures include $4 million for the establishment of 40 new emergency crisis accommodation beds and $5 million in interest free loans to non-government organisations to fund new domestic violence support housing, including renovations and capital upgrades.
This was the third and final forum, with a metropolitan services forum and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people focused forum held early in November.
Port Augusta is also one of the regional locations for specialist domestic violence support services that provide support to Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme applicants.
The scheme, which commenced 2 October, allows anyone who feels at risk, to apply online or at a police station, for information about a current or former partner’s violent offending history. The history could include convictions for physical or sexual assault, stalking or threats and charges, which have been dropped or acquitted.
Information about the scheme is available at www.police.sa.gov.au/your-safety/dvds