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04 March 2018 Posted by 


Haven for escaping domestic violence
CITY of Parramatta has announced a $25,000 contribution to the establishment of a refuge for local women escaping domestic violence.
Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson said Council was pleased to be supporting plans for the new refuge in conjunction with Women’s Community Shelters.
“Domestic violence is a dreadful crime and survivors continue to need crisis assistance 24/7,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Council is pleased that our financial contribution means that victims of domestic violence will now have another haven within the City.” 
Women’s Community Shelters Chief Executive Officer Annabelle Daniel welcomed Council’s funding commitment, saying the search was now on to find suitable premises.
“Women’s Community Shelters are absolutely delighted by the commitment of City of Parramatta Council to a WCS crisis accommodation shelter in the local government area.
“Proactive local government responses to domestic and family violence are increasingly important in combatting this ‘whole of society’ issue, and we commend Council for its positive action,” Ms Daniel said.
The funding, approved at the final meeting of Council in December 2017, matches the $25,000 raised by the Wentworth Point Community Central Association.
A community forum will be held from 6pm on Wednesday, March 21 at the Parramatta Library in Fitzwilliam Street for all interested stakeholders to find out more about the shelter and how they can support its establishment and ongoing operations.
Ms Daniel said once funding is finalised, a refuge will operate from temporary, leased premises before a permanent site is found for the construction of a purpose-built refuge, expected to open within 12 months.


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