The program works in cooperation with NSW Police to remove the violent partner from the home. It aims to prevent women and their children becoming homeless or moving away from the support system of their family, friends, school and community.
The program provides a range of support including:
- safety planning
- improving home security
- helping manage finances
- supporting children
- helping with the complicated legal process.
Women who are separated from a violent partner but continue to experience abuse from their ex-partner are prioritised.
Over four years, $6.2 million will be invested to expand the program to Griffith, Port Stephens, Albury, Richmond Valley and Coonamble/Walgett.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said the expansion will support more than 1100 women and their children to remain in their homes or a home of their choice after ending a violent relationship.
“Staying Home Leaving Violence enables victims of domestic violence to re-build their lives in their own home, and remain in their community while the perpetrator is removed,” Ms Goward said.
“We know domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness and this expansion will help even more people leaving abusive relationships start a new life free from violence.”