Greater funding for local women and children's refuge
WOMEN and children experiencing domestic violence across the Coffs Harbour region will be supported by an additional $565,000 funding package announced today.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the new funding is critical to support local women and children in a time of need.
"Regrettably, there is an increased demand for services and as the local MP, I am only all too aware of how crucial these services are," Mr Fraser said.
"These additional funds will provide more options for women and children escaping domestic and family violence.
"Not only will we support women and children if they need to leave their home but with an additional $195,000 to implement Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV), they can stay in their home safely."
Coffs Harbour's existing women's specialist homelessness service-provider, Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service Co-operative Ltd, will receive $370,000 in additional funding over the next two years.
"This funding helps women at the point of crisis when they have to leave their homes," Mr Fraser said.
Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said SHLV is operating successfully in Kempsey and many other regions of New South Wales.
Do you know someone caught in the grips of domestic violence?
- Anyone in immediate danger should call 000.
- For support NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
- For referral to crisis accommodation and support: Link2home on 1800 152 152.