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Supporting Penrith/Blue Mountains Domestic Violence Services

Source: Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith
Posted: 5 Jul 2020
Domestic violence victim-survivors across Penrith and the Blue Mountains will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with five local services receiving more funding as part of the NSW and Federal Governments’ recent $21 million investment.

Stuart Ayres said Penrith specialist support services will receive a funding boost of around $505,817 for:

  • Wirrawee Gunya;
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Domestic and Family Violence, Homelessness Accommodation and Support Service;
  • Wentworth Homelessness and Housing Support Service;
  • Staying Home Leaving Violence Penrith and,
  • WDVCAS – Penrith Women's Health Centre Inc.

"The 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," Stuart Ayres 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.

“This funding boost by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments will ensure local support services in Penrith 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.

The NSW Government, Crime Stoppers NSW and the NSW Police have also launched a six-week advertising campaign calling on the community to contact police and report perpetrators of domestic violence.

“Every person has a critical role to play in combating this terrible scourge. I’m calling on all members of the community to be a lifeline for victims,” Stuart Ayres said.

“When you know there’s an emergency happening next door which requires an urgent police response, please don’t hesitate to call Triple Zero (000).”

The ads can be viewed on the Crime Stoppers NSW YouTube channel and will run across all commercial networks, SBS, their catch-up counterparts, and social media and in doctors’ surgeries across the state.

 
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