The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW has welcomed the Perrottet Government’s announcement that it will invest almost $500 million in accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said his Government will provide $484.3 million – the single-biggest investment to ending domestic and family violence in the state’s history.
The money will be spent on support services and 75 more women’s refuges as well as 200 long-term affordable housing dwellings for women experiencing domestic violence.
Vinnies NSW chief Jack de Groot said: “There is a strong need for more accommodation for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and this is the sort of thing that will provide significant help.”
He said it was also important to note that “women leaving violent relationships can start accessing payments of up to $5000, in a two-year trial funded by the federal Government”.
Mr de Groot said accommodation is a major safety issue in when it comes to domestic violence. “We know that thousands of women return to violent homes because they are unable to find alternative places to live. There is always a need for more accommodation like this but this is a really good step in the right direction,” Mr de Groot said.