Helping Jenny's Place help Newcastle women
Domestic violence is an issue for all Novocastrians, and Port Waratah is increasing its involvement with Jenny’s Place to help support women and children who are exposed to the damaging effects of violence in their homes.
After a number of years of ongoing support, Port Waratah is stepping up its financial contribution to provide $160,000 in funding in 2017 and 2018 to assist Jenny’s Place Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource Centre, which was established in 2008.
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre is the only centre of its type in Newcastle. It provides counselling, information, safety and escape planning, advocacy, and referral services to women and children who are escaping domestic and family violence or homelessness.
The two-year partnership will provide increased capacity for Jenny’s Place to develop strategies and plans to transition to a more sustainable future funding model, and increase staffing levels. At present, the Resource Centre does not receive any government funding, and relies entirely on community donations, small grants, and fundraising.
Marcia Chapman, Jenny’s Place Manager said: “The demand for the services the Resource Centre provides in Newcastle is increasing.” The Resource Centre was accessed by 739 clients in 2011, which grew to 1,348 by 2015. The main factors behind this include increased media coverage of domestic violence, community and political attention, the White Ribbon program and pleas for victims to seek support.
“The support from Port Waratah means that we can better meet demand for Specialist Domestic Violence Support Services and provide more education to the community. It also provides us with the opportunity to work towards securing long term funding ensuring that victims of Domestic Violence and their families are able to access specialist Domestic Violence support services.
We can’t thank Port Waratah enough for their ongoing support to Jenny’s Place and our Resource Centre, it really means a lot to us.” said Marcia
The Chief Executive Officer of Port Waratah, Hennie du Plooy, said domestic violence should not, and cannot, be tolerated within society.
“We feel that collaborating at a local community level, companies like ours can assist in the magnificent and often unsung work that is being done by those at Jenny’s Place,” he said.
“The more we work together to say that domestic violence is not okay, the quicker cultural change occurs.”
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