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  • $950,000 Funding Boost for 24/7 Domestic Violence Support Across Macarthur Region

    Posted on 19 May, 2016

    Member for Camden Chris Patterson and Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell today announced that women and children experiencing domestic violence across Macarthur will have access to extra crisis accommodation and 24/7 support under a NSW Government funding package announced today.


    Mr Patterson said the NSW Government is determined to provide better support to domestic violence victims with this extra funding but we continue to need a community-wide effort to say violence is unacceptable.


    “It is a terrible reality that there is this demand for services but we will not let women who need help go unaided, he said.


    Mr Rowell said the new services mean women escaping domestic and family violence will have more access to support, housing and financial assistance with transport and food, 24 hours a day.


    “The funding boost means local service provider, St Vincent De Paul- Macarthur Ozanam Centre Women’s Service will establish new after-hours intakes and provide additional support and housing options to help women and children leaving dangerous situations in the home, he said.


    The roll out of the services to the local area is part of a $20 million boost to refuges and crisis accommodation services announced late last year by Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward.


    Women fleeing domestic violence are 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 call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
    • For information and referral to crisis accommodation and support call Link2home on 1800 152 152