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Supporting Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims IN Penrith Amid Covid-19

Frontline domestic violence services in Penrith will be awarded $600,000 in additional funding to ensure victim-survivors can access crucial help in their community.


Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced the local recipient of the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program funded by the Federal Government.


DV West Ltd. will utilise the funds for the acquisition of a 5-6 bedroom house suitable for the provision of sexual, domestic and family violence specific temporary accommodation for women and children.


“Frontline workers in Penrith are putting in a colossal effort to help people at-risk of domestic, family and sexual violence during the pandemic and ongoing recovery period,” Stuart Ayres said.  


“This funding will help to protect more women and children in our local community who suffer from violence and abuse by enhancing frontline supports available to them.”


Attorney General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Mark Speakman said 45 service providers from across the state have been allocated a share in more than $8.6 million to support more victim-survivors.


“These grants will include funding upgrades at women’s shelters and new crisis accommodation with enhanced security,” Mr Speakman said.

“This investment will also allow those providers to improve access for people with disability, create spaces for children, renovate kitchens and bathrooms, repair plumbing and roofing damage, and most importantly to offer more women a safe space and life-saving assistance.”

This announcement follows a $90 million budget boost to support women and children impacted by domestic violence announced as part of the NSW Budget this month.

For confidential advice, support and referrals, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) or Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491).


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