Sutherland Shire businesses get on board Crossroads to help victims of domestic violence

Community assistance: Crossroads volunteer Noeline Smith and coordinator Christine Bird welcome support from shire businesses. Picture: John Veage
Community assistance: Crossroads volunteer Noeline Smith and coordinator Christine Bird welcome support from shire businesses. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland Shire businesses are lending a helping hand to a vital family support service that helps victims of domestic violence.

Crossroads Community Care, which operates a refuge and shelter this year launched ‘circle of safety’  – a program that consists of a group of people who are willing to provide assistance to people in domestic and family violence situations.

In response to the demand of people needing help, the organisation launched the program to engage businesses who want to offer help in any way they can. 

So far, six have signed up to the program.

Metro Hotel Miranda has offered to work with Crossroads, to provide emergency accommodation for crisis clients who previously were turned away because of huge demand and lack of available shelter.

Others who have pledged their help include Jackson Pharmacy at Gymea, Coadys Chemist at Caringbah, The Gymea Lily (gift shop), Parkside Pharmacy at Miranda and Juliana’s Gifts at Miranda. 

Sutherland Shire is ranked 97 in the 100 local government areas in NSW for domestic violence, revealed by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

Latest results show there were 471 domestic violent-related assaults in the 12 months to March.

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