NSW hotline to help fight extremism


People who are worried that a friend or family member may be becoming radicalised can now call a hotline that’s been launched by the NSW government.

‘Operated by trained counsellors, Step Together, is part of a $47 million package to fight violent extremism, with more than 240 community groups consulted on the purpose and design of the service,’  Minister for Counter Terrorism David Elliott said in a statement on Wednesday.

‘There is an unmet need for advice and support that operates in a confidential, safe space and where callers can get appropriate, sensitive and professional advice, support and referral,” said Ansari Zainul Abidin, assistant director of Basmala Academia, an independent Islamic research co-operative, .

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