Manly will receive a six-month ‘pop-up’ safe house for victims of domestic violence as part of a $21m government funding boost to frontline services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safe house to be located in the Manly area will provide emergency accommodation to highly vulnerable women and their children.

Across NSW, women’s refuges will have access to increased funding for additional staff and basic supports. Also being addressed is the plight of pets, with funding to allow accommodation for animals in refuges or animal shelters so women can leave homes without fearing for their welfare.

In situations where leaving the family home is not possible, additional support is being made available to ensure the safety of victims, including temporary accommodation of perpetrators where they have been removed by police with nowhere else to stay.

NSW Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said, “Strict health orders in recent weeks have told people to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But domestic violence victims don’t have a safe home to begin with, so more have sought assistance and are presenting with more complex needs.

Funding will deliver increased frontline services to respond to increasing demand and complexity of cases, including:

  • A boost for the 27/7 NSW Domestic Violence Line
  • Increasing staff at Legal Aid’s domestic violence hotline
  • Increased capacity at the women’s domestic violence court advocacy services
  • Increased resources targeted to vulnerable community groups
  • An app to help perpetrators understand and comply with Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders

People affected by domestic violence can seek help from the NSW Domestic Violence Line (24 hours) on 1800 65 64 63 or the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter.

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