Centre for Non-Violence sees increase in support

By Ivy Jensen

WHEN an abused woman in Campaspe Shire needs support, they are referred to the Centre for Non-Violence.
A Bendigo-based family violence organisation with a service available in Echuca.
Which is seeing an increase in demand, according to client services general manager Yvette Jaczina.
"We have certainly received more police referrals which is consistent with the crime statistics numbers,” she said.

“We don’t know exactly what this means but we can assume that increased focus on family violence in the media and increased dialogue and information about what family violence is and about the service system has led to an increase in the willingness to report to the police.

“We hope that women are experiencing an increasingly responsive service response, from police, courts and other parts of the system and we do hope that their confidence is increasing.”

Ms Jaczina said the impact of violence against women was significant.

“It also has a significant impact on children,” she said.

“We need to continue to challenge disrespect toward women, challenge attitudes that condone violence against women and support healthy and respectful relationships and changes in our community that promote gender equality.”

● If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit or call the CNV on 1800 884 292.