Department of Human Services

Two new regional safety hubs for women to open

2020-11-27

At-risk women and children facing violent and abusive situations in Port Augusta can access help and information from trained staff at a new safety hub open today.

A $100,000 State Government boost has enabled infrastructure upgrades to the site and the purchase of a small van to help women from surrounding communities who need transport. The Port Augusta hub has a focus on supporting Aboriginal women, and is designed to be a safe and welcoming space to access culturally appropriate services and support for anyone experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence, or safety issues. It features a safe-drop in space, phone and computer access – and women and children will receive one-on-one support from KWY staff.

Gawler hub

Another hub will open in Gawler in early December, joining already operating hubs in Berri and Mt Barker. It delivers on a key commitment to open nine new government-led safety hubs in regional SA.

Both the Port Augusta and Gawler hubs will be a safe and inviting space where women and their children can seek support and information when they really need it. Trained volunteers will ensure women are getting the support and access to specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services, as well as assistance with housing and legal matters. Each safety hub is tailored to address the specific needs of the local community, with the models in each region informed by consultation at domestic violence roundtable forums.

Safety Hub locations

The Port Augusta Safety hub is open from today and located at 47 Stirling Rd, Port Augusta.

The Gawler Safety hub is set to open on 8 December 2020 and is located at Gawler Community House and the Gawler Children’s Centre.

More information about support services at the Break the Cycle website.

Page last updated : 27 Nov 2020

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