The staff at the Narrandera Health Service hosted a morning tea and an afternoon tea as a part of White Ribbon Day.
White Ribbon Day aims to curb domestic violence, offer support to victims of abusive partners, and educate the public about the appropriate response when confronted with domestic violence.
“We had a morning tea with HealthShare and Allied Health, and an afternoon tea with just the staff,” said Karen Absolom, Facility Manager of the Narrandera Health Service.
“It was an information session about what services are available to people.
“That way we know what’s out there – not just for our patients, but for our friends and family as well,” Ms Absolom said.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is encouraging all staff to send the message that domestic violence is a crime and that no woman, man or child should be living in the shadow of domestic violence.
The staff of the Narrandera Health Service were given a White Ribbon themed presentation by MLHD counsellor Nathan Lanham.
“Nathan was giving us information about what services are available. He’s going to do up an information pack for the hospital.
“The idea is that we can have all the information at hand, just ready in a folder, so we can just pick it up and all staff will be able to access it.”
The nature of domestic violence can often mean that people are unsure of where to turn when they find out about it.
Often, victims of domestic violence aren’t aware that they are in abusive relationships, and some victims have relied on the reaction and reasoning of friends or health professionals to realise that their situation isn’t normal.
Having resources at hand will mean Narrandera’s health staff will be better equipped to look for the signs of domestic violence and help its victims.
If you need help, or know anyone who needs help, the following services are available.
• MLHD Counselling Service (referral 1800 654324)
• Police, Domestic Violence Liaison Officer (DVLO), Griffith Phone: (02) 6969 4299
• NSW DV line 1800 65 64 63
• The Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling service on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
• Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) www.wdvcasnsw.org.au or call 1800 WDVCAS (1800 938 227)
• Legal Aid, Riverina Murray (Wagga) 6921 6588
• Men’s Line Australia, Referral and Counselling, www.mens line.org.au or call 1300 78 99 78 (24/7)
• Men’s Referral Service, telephone counselling, information and referral, www.ntvmrs .org. au or call 1300 766 491 (24/7)
• Accredited Men’s Behaviour Change Programs: Relationships Australia – Taking Responsibility for Respectful relationships, Wagga Wagga, call 6923 9100, 0429 400 590