ENDALLDV was first established in answer to the national conversation regarding domestic violence revolving around who can be a victim, what services and support are available and who is able to access these services in times of crisis.
The team at Endalldv (end all domestic violence) understand that anyone, male or female, can find themselves dealing with domestic violence in their lives from a partner, spouse, family member or carer.
A rising number of men who have experienced Domestic Violence and who, with their children, have been unable to find emergency housing in the Port Stephens area, has prompted a visit by the Endalldv team to the Tomaree Peninsula.
The visit is expected in April 2017, with a call out to all interested parties, inviting them to host an evening or lunch time event to hear more information of how our community can be involved in supplying tangible help for men and their children who suffer domestic violence.
“I believe there are no refuges for men with their children in the Port Stephens or Newcastle area, although we do have counselling for men who have suffered domestic violence,” Lynn Vatner from the Yacaaba Centre, Nelson Bay told News Of The Area.
“The shirt off my back” was a common phrase that described what lengths our community would go, to support those in crisis.
The Endalldv campaign and associated programs seek to build on this ideal.
“So far we have produced overnight accommodation options in two locations for 2190 victims annually with another 10 planned this year and we are just getting started,” Leith Erikson, volunteer at Endalldv told News Of The Area.
“Imagine what we can do with your assistance to help those men and their children in Port Stephens,” Mr Erikson said..
By Jewell DRURY