According to Kerry Mobbs, director of our local Women’s Violence Advocacy Service, the situation for victims and domestic violence workers in our region appears to be deteriorating.
Last year her small team was seeing 9 women per week from as far away as Goulburn and Cooma. This September, partly because of changes to the way cases are allocated, the weekly caseload has increased to 34 women, with no increase in funding.
Local women’s refuges have also not received promised funding increases, and it is nearly impossible to find a vacant refuge bed between here and Sydney.
The Queanbeyan Mayor and council’s recent public announcement of support for anti domestic violence campaigns is welcome. It highlights the seriousness of this issue and the risk to our community if this tragic situation persists.
On November the 25th Queanbeyan City Council will host a White Ribbon event in partnership with the NSW Police, where school students and community leaders will explore how to identify and respond to family violence.