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New Project Coming To Whyalla To Help Prevent Domestic Violence

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A new project is asking entire communities across regional South Australia, including Whyalla, to help prevent family and domestic violence.

Centacare Catholic Family Services project manager, Megan Hughes, says lockdowns further isolated women already in unsafe situations, while close-knit regional communities also pose unique challenges for vulnerable families because domestic violence workers and health professionals often know both the victim and the perpetrator.

Ms Hughes says the program will aim to improve DV efforts in Whyalla and identify community groups that can play a bigger role in prevention of family violence, such as civil society groups, local government, education settings and workplaces such as hairdressers, who already provide pathways for women to support services and have been identified as critical groups.

Sporting clubs are also a focus in the regions as they foster strong community links.

The joint project between Centacare Catholic Family Services, Flinders University and the state government's Office for Women will involve monthly visits to Whyalla until June next year.

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