Boost to domestic violence frontline services

Frontline domestic violence services in the Dubbo electorate will be awarded $600,000 in additional funding to ensure victim-survivors can access crucial help in their community.

Member for Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announced the local recipients of the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program supported by funding from the Federal Government.

Three local services will share $600,000 in funding:

  • Connecting Community Services – refurbishment of owned cottage to cater for families and construct an accessible bathroom
  • Orana Support Services – acquisition of three two-bedroom units
  • Housing Plus – refurbishment of Western Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) building to provide private entrance and kitchenette; procurement and installation of an audio visual meeting room system; and construction of replacement laundry

“Frontline workers in our region are putting in a colossal effort to help people at-risk of domestic, family and sexual violence during the pandemic and ongoing recovery period,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding will allow providers to improve access for people with disability, and help protect more women and children in our local community who suffer from violence and abuse.”

The Narromine Shire and Dubbo Regional local government areas have the seventh and eighth highest rates of domestic assault in the state, with rates 2.8 and 2.7 times the NSW average, respectively.

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.

For confidential advice, support and referrals, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) or Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491).

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