Fresh ray of hope for victims

16/04/2019 Posted by admin

Shellharbour councillors Helen Stewart and Kellie Marsh called on council to write to the state government to keep funding the Lake Illawarra Family Violence Support Service.A LOCAL domestic violence support service that was under threat of being shut down will receive funding for another year.

Lake Illawarra Family Violence Support Service (LIFVSS) has been granted a funding extension by the state government after announcements earlier in the year that the service would cease under the $9.8 million “It Stops Here” reforms.

Currently two officers run the service out of the Lake Illawarra Police Station at Oak Flats, providing support, referrals and information for women experiencing domestic violence.

The reforms meant the facility would have closed from July 2015 and victims referred to Wollongong Women’s Information Service (WWIS), which manages the service.

However, the member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, and Liberal candidate for Shellharbour, Mark Jones, announced on Monday that they had secured new funding to keep the service operating until June 2016.

Mr Ward said the extension of funding was an example of the state government’s commitment to the safety of women and children.

“The LIFVSS does outstanding work helping women and children escape domestic violence and access essential services,” he said.

Mr Ward said that under It Stops Here, victims of domestic and family violence in the Illawarra would receive victim-centred case management from agencies.

Mr Jones said he was “thrilled” that the service’s role had been recognised.

“This funding will allow victims to access vital support at a time when they are most vulnerable,” Mr Jones said.

Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh had been rallying to keep the service afloat in the region.

She said she was “elated” to hear the news.

“Christmas has come early,” Cr Marsh said.

“I am so happy for the victims of domestic violence and their children – that we will retain a fantastic service in Shellharbour and those victims don’t have to go to Wollongong.

“Now we can start the journey of getting back to the main focus and that is with the victim of domestic violence.

“And for the ladies of LIFVSS I give my eternal gratitude for all the work they’re doing and I am so happy to be able to say ‘keep going, girls’.”

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