'Never think you're alone'
In a new video, 'Tidda's Marumal: A Time to Heal, Take my Hand', Redfern Legal Centre's specialist domestic violence worker, Charmaigne Weldon talks about help that is available for women and children dealing with family and domestic violence.
Looking back, she says: "I wish I knew all those services were available when I was experiencing domestic violence. I did it solely. It was hard. I had nobody to talk to."
Her message is: "Access those services, don't fear them. You're not alone. Never think you're alone."
The video was funded by the City of Sydney.
Help in court
The Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service helps women and children get legal protection from domestic violence. The service is run by the Refern Legal Centre and is based at the Downing Centre, Balmain, Newtown and Waverley local courts:
02 9287 7505
Redfern Legal Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that gives free, confidential legal advice and provides casework for people in the local area:
02 9698 7277
Help at hand
The City of Sydney has released a booklet called 'Domestic Violence is a Crime' to help people who have experienced domestic or family violence. The booklet was written by NSW Police with support from the City. The City aims to make the crime reporting process clearer and less intimidating.
The booklet includes information such as:
- how to find protection
- how to apply for an apprehended domestic violence order
- who to contact for help
- emergency accommodation services.
Pick up a copy
You can pick up a copy from:
- police stations
- court houses
- City libraries
- community centres
- Redfern Legal Centre
- Inner City Legal Centre
- Women’s Legal Services NSW
- Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre.
Call 000 (triple zero) in an emergency.
Domestic Violence LineFree call 24 hours a day1800 65 64 63
NSW Rape Crisis CentreFree call 24 hours a day
1800 424 017
Lifeline24 hour crisis line
Last updated: Tuesday, 18 February 2014