Posted 03rd June
The Liberty Links mobile outreach service was officially launched by Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Natalie Ward and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams, providing domestic violence services to outlying communities in the region including Lake Cathie, Kew, Comboyne and Wauchope.
CEO of Liberty Kelly Lamb said, “We know that residents of regional and rural areas face additional barriers to accessing support including increased isolation, lack of transportation, limited telecommunications, and reduced community services.
“Our communities have experienced the compounding effects of drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and floods, and at Liberty we have seen a significant increase in referrals and calls for support from women experiencing domestic violence.
“Liberty is now speaking with a number of service providers and making connections in the communities to determine the unique needs of each area,” Mrs Lamb said.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said, “Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services do an amazing job in our community supporting women and families during extremely challenging times.”
Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Natalie Ward said, “The Perrottet Government is committed to reducing domestic and sexual violence and it starts with victim-survivors having access to services, which is why we are making this commitment.
“This program will support victim-survivors at a critical time and I am proud to be supporting this important service,” Mrs Ward said.
The Liberty Links program is supported by the NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Community Grants Program and The Westport Club.
Caption – Kelly Lamb, Brooke Maggs, Minister Ward, Mel Eadie, Leslie Williams and Aunty Rhonda Radley at the launch of Liberty Links
Photo – Ruby Pascoe, Port News
Posted 18th September 2023
Liberty's efforts were recognised at the 2023 Mid North Coast Business Awards, receiving Business of the Year, Outstanding Community Organisation, Employer of Choice (under 20) and Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion awards.