A new non-profit organisation has been started to support those suffering from domestic violence.
Peninsula Lighthouse Ltd was launched on Friday, September 27.
Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has agreed to be patron.
She spoke at the launch about the impact domestic violence on the local community, saying it was on the rise on the Peninsula with a higher incidence than that of Blacktown.
Family law solicitor Ms Zoe Durand presented her new book Inside Family Law, which aimed to help people navigate through their difficult times.
It contained interviews with judges, court experts and barristers along with first hand experiences.
Founder Ms Natasha McDowell of Umina said she started the organisation because she had made a promise to make a difference to those who feel powerless in their plight against violence suffered in the home.
Ms McDowell, a psychologist, said she had worked in the hospital system in South Western Sydney for many years in the areas of trauma.
Through Peninsula Lighthouse, she said she hoped the community would benefit from being a safer place to live.
“The staff and volunteers bring to the table a world of experience and a diverse set of skills that enable them to provide a hands-on approach to integrating and harmonising victims of domestic violence,” said Ms McDowell.
“If you need help, do not suffer in silence.
“Take the first step and call Peninsula Lighthouse.
“They will provide you practical help with accommodation, food, court appearances and Centre Link services.”
Ms McDowell said she and her well trained team aimed to bring laughter back into the lives of people who had experienced trauma.
The Lighthouse will operate from Ettalong Baptist Church, 8 Barrenjoey Rd, Ettalong Beach, on a Monday and from the Peninsula Women’s Centre, 20A McMasters Rd, Woy Woy, on a Wednesday.
People can drop in unannounced.
For more information, contact Peninsula Lighthouse on 0417 472 374, email email@example.com or visit the website https://www.peninsulalighhouse.info.
Media release, 10 Oct 2019
Natasha McDowell, Peninsula Lighthouse