The region’s federal Labor MPs revealed on Wednesday that $1.5 million would be handed to the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, should their party win Saturday’s federal election.
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre general manager Sally Stevenson said NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures revealed the two suburbs as “hot spots” for domestic violence, recording rates well above the state average.
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre general manager Sally Stevenson said the Mothers and Sons program was the first of its kind in Australia.
As this year’s International Women’s Day approaches, Kate McIlwain explores an Illawarra health centre fighting the daily battle against the risks of being a woman.
For Donna, it started with a quit smoking support group.
Two years ago, the 50-something mother had moved back to Barrack Heights after some time living away, and was convinced to attend the support group at the nearby Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.
”It took me three months to come here,” she remembers, sitting in the centre.
Ms Stevenson, Illawarra Women’s Health Centre general manager, said the 1800 RESPECT hotline had long been a ‘’critical support’’ for vulnerable women, and men, in the Illawarra.
However she said the Illawarra service would no longer be referring women to the 24/7 telephone counselling service after changes to the service model, and service provider.
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVA) has historically been sub-contracted to the hotline by private provider Medibank Health Solutions (MHS), who runs the service on behalf of the Federal Government.
However RDVA has announced it will not renew its contract in October, due to new provisions which required it to record all calls and hand all its existing client files to MHS.
Ms Stevenson said she supported RDVA’s decision, sharing its concerns that such moves would impact on client confidentiality. More
A victim of domestic violence, the 35-year-old is now speaking up to help women like her understand the difference between a healthy and a harmful relationship.
Ms Charlesworth has Mosaic Down’s syndrome, a rare form of Down’s which usually presents with fewer symptoms than the classical form. More