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Tide turning in how we help women flee domestic violence

FEWER vulnerable women are slipping through the cracks thanks to better collaboration between domestic violence support organisations, advocates say.

Protecting women, children and men from domestic violence requires a "patchwork quilt” approach, Second Chance chair Kathleen Noonan said as she prepared to visit Warwick in a bid to build relationships.

Two years after the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, Ms Noonan said organisations across the country were much more aware of each other.

"In the past, organisations like Second Chance and Zonta and Warwick Safe Haven - everyone did their own things and it was a bit of a silo effect,” Ms Noonan said.

"There has been a big change in how things are reported and responded, and these organisations are much more aware of each other.”

Ms Noonan said it was important for crisis and domestic violence support services to collaborate because people affected by domestic violence often needed to move towns, cities and even states to flee a violent perpetrator.

"Women are flown all around Australia to get them safe,” she said.

A domestic violence survivor from Warwick said she moved here to escape an abusive partner, but years later was still fearful he would find her.

She said time, strong support networks and speaking to professionals helped her heal in the aftermath of violence.

Ms Noonan said she wanted women at risk of domestic violence to know there was help available, no matter the circumstances.

"Your first port of call is to ring DV Connect for women and most men too,” she said

"There are so many organisations that can help you.”

When planning to leave a domestic violence relationship, Ms Noonan said it was important to plan a careful exit strategy with the help of a professional.

"The most dangerous time for a women is when she is thinking about leaving and trying to leave, that is when the perpetrator is going to be most angry.”

An award-winning journalist and public speaker, Ms Noonan will be giving a talk in Warwick tomorrow as part of Zonta International's 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Held at Warwick's Gardens Galore, the talk costs $25 for each person and starts at 7am. Tickets can be bought at Style Shoes and Olsen's Hardware.

Get immediate help from DV Connect on 1800 811 811.

You can Contact DVAC Toowoomba on 4642 1354 during business hours.

For Warwick Safe Haven phone 0429 432 510.