New safety hub for women and children now open in Whyalla
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Women and their children experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence on the Eastern Eyre Peninsula have greater access to support, with the opening of the newest of the promised regional safety hubs: The Haven – Whyalla.
Opening safety hubs in the regions of greatest need are an important part of the State Government’s response to address the scourge of domestic violence.
It’s vital that women and their children living in regional South Australia have the same opportunity to feel safe and supported as those living closer to Adelaide.
These hubs provide a safe haven for women, where they can discreetly seek support and information to improve their safety and that of their children.
Safety hubs across South Australia
The Whyalla safety hub joins those already open across regional South Australia in:
- Mount Barker
- Mount Gambier
- Murray Bridge
- Port Augusta.
Staffing the new hub
The State Government’s Office for Women has committed over $26,000 via the Federal Government’s National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence response to fund a staff member to establish the new location, working closely with Centacare and the Women’s Information Service (WIS) to develop the concept and recruit volunteers.
Volunteers will provide information and referrals on a broad range of issues, allowing women to make informed choices and more easily access the assistance they require. Volunteers will also engage in Centacare activities and raise awareness of the service and of domestic violence in the broader community.
Whyalla safety hub open to anyone
Having safety hubs located in regional South Australia means women can get support close to their homes.
Whyalla is the fourth largest city in our state and the gateway to a growing region, so it’s important that women and children in the area don’t need to travel far to get support.
Domestic and family violence in any form is unacceptable, and there is support available to those feeling unsafe or threatened.
The service is open to anyone, including those who are concerned for friends or relatives they believe to be experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence.
Location and opening hours
The service is located at Centacare’s Whyalla Stuart site.
28 Head Street, Whyalla
Phone 0407 251 696
Open 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Monday to Friday.Page last updated : 22 Oct 2021