Domestic violence victim-survivors across the Ballina and Lismore electorates will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with local services receiving more funding as part of the NSW and Federal Governments’ recent $21 million investment.
Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said local specialist support services will receive a funding boost of over $750,000 for:
- Hope Haven Women’s Refuge
- Lismore Homelessness Accommodation Support Service for Women and Children Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence
- Northern NSW Homelessness Support Service for Aboriginal Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence
- Northern NSW Homelessness Support Service for Women Experiencing Domestic and Family Violence
- WDVCAS – Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
- Mullumbimby Women’s Service
- MDNC Staying Home Leaving Violence
“This pandemic has increased the potential for domestic abuse in homes across our community, so we want to ensure help is available and accessible at this crucial time,” Mr Franklin said.
“Our dedicated frontline services as well as police and local court staff do an incredible job each day responding to the terrible scourge of domestic and family violence.
“It is amazing that we have so many dedicated organisations to helping victims of domestic abuse and I can’t thank them enough for the work they do in protecting and supporting vulnerable people in our community.
“This funding boost by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments will ensure local support services across Ballina and Lismore Electorates have the resources they need to respond to any increase in service demand.
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said more victim-survivors have sought assistance during the pandemic and are presenting to services with more complex needs.
“This comprehensive package responds to a range of issues raised with the Government during this pandemic, and aims to protect women and children and ultimately save lives,” Mr Speakman said.
The $21 million additional investment for domestic violence frontline specialist services comprises $12.8 million from the NSW Government and $8.8 million from the Commonwealth Government.
The package includes state-wide funding for women’s refuges, Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV), Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS), legal services, and for the NSW Domestic Violence Line which provides 24/7 crisis counselling and support referrals.
“If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 when it’s safe to do so,” Mr Franklin said.