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Alcohol sales policy helps cut SOS calls in Newman

Date posted: 23 May 2016

An alcohol sales policy designed by Martu elders and bottle shops in Newman, Western Australia (WA), has led to a decrease in after-hours emergency calls from women fleeing domestic violence, according to a local women's shelter. 

The agreement, which has seen Martu people turned away from bottle shops in Newman after 5pm, was signed two months ago between Cellarbrations licensee and Martu Elders to stop alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour in the central business district (CBD). 

Newman Women's Shelter Coordinator, Maggie Lewis, said since the policy was put in place she has noticed a huge change, and at-risk women in town were feeling the positive effects. 

Newman Police Acting Senior Sergeant, Grant Berry, said the police had also noticed a reduction in alcohol-related violence and that it was a grassroots initiative that could be successful in other communities in the North West.

Source: North West Telegraph

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