More funding for domestic violence survivors
Women and children experiencing domestic violence across Port Macquarie and Kempsey will be supported with round-the-clock assistance, extra accommodation and support with an additional $660,000 funding package announced today.
Local members Leslie Williams and Melinda Pavey said the new funding came at a time when services were being stretched to meet demand.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said: “It is a terrible reality that there is this demand for services but we will not let women who need help go unaided.”
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said: “The boost to local services will mean women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have access to support, accommodation, financial assistance, transport and food, 24 hours a day.”
Details of the package were announced by the Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard, during a visit to Kempsey today.
The two existing women's specialist homelessness service-providers that will receive additional funding over the next two years are:
- Samaritans Foundation: $329,000 (Kempsey)
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service: $329,000
In addition the Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Service Co-operative Ltd in Coffs Harbour will receive an additional $370,000.
“This funding helps women at the point of crisis when they have to leave their homes,” Mr Hazzard said.
Mr Hazzard said women fleeing domestic violence were also eligible for a rental subsidy, Start Safely, which will help around 3,500 families this year across NSW.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence:
- Anyone in immediate danger should call 000.
- For information and support : NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
For information and referral to crisis accommodation and support: Link2home on 1800 152 152.