Department of Family and Community Services

Support for women and children at the core of new refuge model

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01 May 2018

More refuges in regional NSW will be able to provide greater independence for women and children escaping domestic violence under an innovative accommodation model, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said today

The NSW Government will commit up to $4 million to increase the capacity of women’s refuges in regional NSW by identifying up to four existing sites where additional units could be built.

“This model gives residents a greater sense of privacy and independence in their own self-contained residences,” Ms Goward said.
“It ensures they have the necessary personal space to re-establish their daily routines and a sense of normalcy, but with service providers close by while they continue their recovery.”

The first site has been identified in Orange, where the NSW Government will allocate $900,000 for the facility that will contain up to six units and be delivered by Housing Plus, which has provided homelessness and domestic and family violence services in Central Western NSW for more than 12 years.

The Housing Plus site will be the first homelessness service for women of its kind in NSW and will include audio-visual links to legal systems and courts.

“This facility will provide women in Orange with vital support when they need help in a crisis, in addition to other NSW Government initiatives designed to support women and children escaping violence,” Ms Goward said.
“Unlike traditional refuges where women can be isolated from the community, the centre will engage and involve the local community in providing a safe and supported environment that enables women to recover,” Housing Plus CEO David Fisher said.