New family violence workshops aimed at people are another tool being used to increase awareness about the issue.
The first of several free monthly Goulburn Integrated Family Violence Committee workshops began recently.
The workshops focused on what to expect when attending Shepparton Magistrates’ Court regarding family violence matters.
Goulburn Integrated Family Violence Services principal strategic advisor Alison Maclean said the session took participants through intervention orders and highlighted the fact that staff at the Magistrates’ Court could assist with the application process.
‘‘Shepparton will have a specialised family violence with the new Magistrates’ Court and we’re excited for better services and support,’’ she said.
Ms Maclean said there were also great existing services available in the region to support those experiencing family violence.
‘‘The community information sessions aim to make sure these are well known in our community,’’ she said.
‘‘We encourage all members of the community to come along to the sessions.
‘‘They are informal and interactive. If there are specific questions that are better managed in a private session, we will make a connection to the right service.
‘‘Knowing what’s available locally could help you support a friend or family member to get help when they need it.’’
The next session will be on March 15 and will focus on the local service VincentCare Marion Community, which supports the victims of family violence.
Every session is at FamilyCare in Welsford St, Shepparton and begins at 8am.
For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/FVinfosessions or phone Jasmine Isaacs on 57223009. If you or anyone you know needs immediate help with family violence, phone 000 or for some advice contact Safe Steps on www.safesteps.org.au or phone 1800 015 188.