More domestic violence victim-survivors will benefit from enhanced frontline support thanks to a funding boost for 45 service providers across the state.
The NSW and Federal Governments today announced the recipients of the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program, allocating service providers a share in $8.6 million to help more victim-survivors access critical help.
Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said the investment would fund 50 projects including upgrades at women’s shelters and new crisis accommodation with enhanced security.
“Our dedicated frontline services and their workers have been facing even greater challenges as a result of COVID-19,” Mr Speakman said.
“This funding will allow those providers to renovate kitchens and bathrooms, repair plumbing and roofing damage, improve counselling areas, and most importantly to offer more women a safe space and life-saving assistance when fleeing domestic violence.”
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the additional funding from the Commonwealth through our COVID-19 domestic violence response package meant many service providers would be able to undergo refurbishments including to become accessible for people with a disability.
“Other grant recipients will install audio-visual equipment allowing survivors to give evidence from a secure environment, which is crucial in regional and remote settings,” Senator Ruston said.
Delia Donovan, CEO of Domestic Violence NSW, said the funding will help vulnerable people across the state who can face extra barriers when escaping unsafe homes.
“I support this funding, and the tireless work of these 45 providers who are making a big difference to families in crisis,” Ms Donovan said.
“This program is going to help improve so many frontline services across a range of works like building or purchasing more accommodation, replacing playground equipment for kids, security-related works, upgrading counselling rooms, and enhancing amenities to support vulnerable women and children.”
Today’s announcement follows a $90 million budget boost to support women and children impacted by domestic violence announced as part of the NSW Budget this month.