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Two more regional safety hubs to improve safety for women and children

Women and their children experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence in Mount Barker and Mount Gambier will have better access to help and information with the opening of two new safety hubs in these regions.

These hubs join a network of regional hubs already open in Port Augusta, Murray Bridge, Gawler and Berri.

The hubs offer a place where women can access information, referrals and support from staff and specially trained volunteers and may provide assistance with housing and legal matters, family intervention, counselling, drug and alcohol services, or offer drop in spaces with phone and computer access.

Hubs can also provide direct referrals to other agencies and services in the local area including police, mental health, financial counselling and medical services.

Given the varying needs and challenges of different South Australian regions, the hubs are developed in partnership with local frontline service providers to ensure each one is tailor-made for the community it serves.

Women who have accessed other safety hubs have told how us how the safety hubs have provided an important place of safety, connection and peace for them.

Trained volunteers ensure these women are getting access to specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services, and appropriate information and referrals for housing, legal or financial matters, in a safe and understanding environment.

The two new hubs can be found at:

Mount Barker – OPEN NOW

9am-4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am-3.30pm Fridays at Mount Barker Community Centre, 3 Dumas St, Mount Barker

Also Tuesday mornings at The Willows Children’s Centre, 1 Charles St, Mount Barker

Mount Gambier – OPENING MAY

9am-4pm Monday to Friday at Mount Gambier Library, 6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier

The Mount Gambier hub is one of four to share in a total of $300,000, enabling their opening to be fast-tracked in 2021 thanks to Federal Government funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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