Domestic and family violence services on the Central Coast experiencing increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for a share of $9 million in new funding.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Grant Program aims to ensure more victim-survivors can access services at this crucial time.
“A safe home is something many of us take for granted, but for those suffering abuse, home can be a place of terror,” Mr Crouch said.
“I recently announced a $565,400 boost to local domestic violence support services in response to the increased demand, but this new $9 million program is a further opportunity for funding.
“This funding could be used to launch a new program or expand or adapt an existing one to ensure victim-survivors can get the help they need.”
One-off grants between $20,000 and $150,000 are available to eligible services.
Mr Crouch said an Australian Institute of Criminology report showed a Statewide increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Victim-survivors often contact frontline services before they make the decision to go to the Police, which is why it’s so important these groups have the necessary capacity to deliver appropriate supports to those most in need,” Mr Crouch said.
“Everyone has the right to be free from violence, and the NSW Government is also working hard to encourage everyone to ‘speak out’ and contact the NSW Domestic Violence Line when it is safe to do so.”
Free, confidential and 24/7 support is available from the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63.
To apply for the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Grant Program, go to: www.women.nsw.gov.au/commissioning/DFVCovid19Funding.