Demand for support surging at Wagga Women's Health Centre

A CONCERNING 83 per cent of the 2048 visits to Wagga Women’s Health Service this year have been related to domestic violence. 

Support workers at the non-for-profit organisation told The Daily Advertiser the need for help has reached an all time high. 

“Victims often come to us when they’re scared and anxious and they’re too fearful to leave their abusive relationship,” crisis and support worker Julie Mechan said. 

“A broken bone or a bruise will heal, but the trauma and emotional scarring can take years to fix.”

Trauma specialist Leah Anderson wants White Ribbon Day to put a spotlight on the stigma surrounding domestic violence. 

“People always ask why the woman doesn’t leave the home when they should ask why is the woman being abused,” she said. 

WE WANT CHANGE: Trauma specialist Leah Anderson and crisis support worker Julie Mechan want the focus taken off victims. Picture: Rowan Forster

WE WANT CHANGE: Trauma specialist Leah Anderson and crisis support worker Julie Mechan want the focus taken off victims. Picture: Rowan Forster

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