Domestic violence victims in the Limestone Coast told help is available

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service manager Susie Smith said it is important for those living in small regional communities to know that the service is available. Photo: SANDRA MORELLO.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service manager Susie Smith said it is important for those living in small regional communities to know that the service is available. Photo: SANDRA MORELLO.

Safety is a fundamental human right, but for some women and children, there are moments when their safety is threatened.

Domestic violence can be incredibly scary for those who are affected by the act, and for residents who live in the Limestone Coast, there is assistance available when it is needed most.

The Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service supports women and children in the South East who are experiencing domestic violence, and provides supported accommodation in units and houses.

They also provide outreach support for women who do not require accommodation but are still experiencing domestic violence.

Manager Susie Smith said the service helps around 300 women per year in the Limestone Coast, and is available for people living towns such as Mount Gambier, Bordertown and Naracoorte.

She said it is important for those living in small regional communities to know that the service is available to them whenever they need it.

"There are times when some women don't necessarily feel safe at home, and having the service in our region provides them with an option to contact us when they need to," Ms Smith said.

"I believe that there are a number of people out there who are unaware that this service exists, and if we can promote it, there is a potential for us to protect more Limestone Coast residents."

Staff provide individual case management in a culturally-sensitive way that respects the choices that people make.

They also and offer additional support through confidential and professional counselling, information and referrals for options in housing, medical, legal, income and advocacy.

"The service aims to meet with every person who is in need of support, and speak to them face-to-face," Ms Smith said.

Those who are unable to contact the Mount Gambier-based service, are encouraged to phone the state's 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line.

The information from that call can then be passed onto the Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service.

Another support service residents in the South East can contact is 1800RESPECT, which is also a 24 hour, seven days a week service.

Just remember, if you're feeling unsafe at home, the Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service is there to provide the support you need to deal with your current situation.

Hotline numbers:

  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 (24 hours).
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1800 800 098 (24 hours).