Violence victims face lengthy wait for support

THE State Government is reassuring regional domestic violence victims that their calls for help will be answered.

APN Newsdesk can reveal victims have been waiting inordinate amounts of time to have their calls to DVConnect answered.

The 24-hour statewide domestic violence support service received 2000 calls over the new year period - three times higher than the same time last year.

A number of DVConnect callers told APN Newsdesk they waited more than an hour to have their calls for help answered over the past week.

DVConnect CEO Di Mangan said all calls would be responded to as soon as possible.

Ms Mangan said if people feared for their safety they should call police.

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Minister Shannon Fentiman said the State Government gave DVConnect an extra $2.7 million a while back to cope with the domestic violence crisis.

"I want to stress that no woman will be turned away and we will find save haven for those in need," Ms Fentiman said.

If you or someone you know needs help please phone DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or contact the national support service 1800Respect on 1800 737 732.