Domestic violence victim-survivors across the South Coast will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic with four local services receiving more funding as part of the NSW and Federal Governments' recent $21 million investment.
Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock said local specialist support services will receive a funding boost of over $285,800.
Nowra Domestic Violence Intervention Service, South Coast Women's Health and Aboriginal Corporation (Waminda), Shoalhaven Women's Homelessness and Domestic and Family Violence Support Service; and Staying Home Leaving Violence Shoalhaven will receive the funds.
"The pandemic has increased the potential for domestic abuse in homes across the South Coast community, so we want to ensure help is available and accessible at this crucial time," Mrs Hancock 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 Shoalhaven 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.
"If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 when it's safe to do so," Mrs Hancock said.