ICLC’s Safe Relationships Project

(Community Recognition Statement, 19 November 2019, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I congratulate the Inner City Legal Centre on 10 years of service to the community through their Safe Relationships Project. Established in 2009, the SRP is a court and legal support service for LGBTIQ people who are experiencing domestic violence or leaving an abusive relationship. The SRP provides a safe room at the Downing Centre, support at other NSW courts and wrap-around legal assistance and non-legal referrals. Along with the Attorney General, I attended the recent fundraiser for the SRP which secured future work with more than $10,000 raised. I’m proud to support this important service. Considering the prevalence of domestic and family violence in Australia, including for LGBTIQ people, the SRP is a vital service. Everyone has the right to safety no matter what their sexual orientation. I thank all those who have worked in the SRP over the last 10 years, commend their efforts and trust that it will continue as long as it is needed.