Frontline domestic violence services in Baulkham Hills will benefit from $150,000 in additional funding this week to ensure victim-survivors can access the help they need as NSW continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today announced the local recipients of the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Grant program that was funded by the Federal Government and allocated by the NSW Government.
Local service – Diamond Women – will receive the funding boost for programs, including the employment of a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Counsellor to implement a DFV pregnancy mentoring and support program.
“Our frontline workers are facing increased demand and pressures due to the pandemic and this funding will protect the women and children of Baulkham Hills as we work together to eradicate family violence from our communities,” Mr Elliott said.
“Huge thanks to our dedicated frontline workers for everything they do to support some of the most vulnerable members of Baulkham Hills.”
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said nearly 100 service providers from across the state have been awarded a share in more than $12 million to support more victim-survivors.
The announcement also marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international awareness campaign that begins on 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – and runs until World Human Rights Day on 10 December.
These grants follow the $21 million investment in frontline domestic violence support services jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments in May.
For confidential advice, support and referrals related to domestic and family violence, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) or Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491).