Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 22:20 ): I bring to the attention of the House Janette Perram, a volunteer with Burwood Community Welfare Services. For more than 25 years, Janette has committed a day a week to volunteer at Burwood Court's safe room, known as the Shine Room, expressly to work on apprehended domestic violence order cases. Janette has assisted thousands of marginalised and vulnerable women and families to obtain legal protection from the courts. Janette meets, greets, settles and emotionally supports women and often their children too. She assists with paperwork and obtaining interpreters and resources. Her role extends to keeping women informed about court procedures and processes and their rights.
Janette has been exceptionally supportive of Aboriginal women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as those with a disability. Her work involves long days and situations that can be emotionally challenging, as victims seek to navigate daunting courtroom situations and complex legal issues. In many cases, her support can make the difference to a case proceeding. On behalf of the local community, I thank Janette for her many years of dedicated service to women and their children.