Lobbying from the wider community "will always make a difference" in effecting political change.
Albury-Wodonga Family and Domestic Violence Committee chair Amanda Cohn said this certainly was an important factor in moves towards creating a specialised central service on the Border.
"At the end of the day," the Albury deputy mayor said, "politicians need to be re-elected and that's what they will listen to."
But Cr Cohn said it was important to note that such lobbying could only be in a general sense, given the very nature of family and domestic violence.
"I suppose the issues in this space are very complicated," she said.
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"I wouldn't expect the average voters on the streets would necessarily understand the complex landscape of service providers and legislation."
Nevertheless, Cr Cohn said there was great value in keeping the issue forefront in the minds of the decision-makers, in terms of listening to the local community and service providers "and how to resource us appropriately".
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Legislative issues surrounding family violence were "obviously complicated and a bit of a minefield" because of the NSW-Victorian border.
"We know the information sharing between services will improve the support we can provide for women. Having a centralised co-ordinating body would really be the ideal way to be advocating for that change."
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