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The Recent NSW Government Announcement on Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services in NSW


Monday 25 October

 

 The Recent NSW Government Announcement on Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services in NSW

Along with all the other service providers and agencies that work in the Domestic Violence and Homelessness sector, Mary’s House Services welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement that more than $464 million will be spent over 4 years on tackling Domestic Violence, with specific focus on providing extra refuges and accommodation options to support women and children escaping abusive relationships.

What does this mean?

This funding is focused on new projects – specifically new refuges that are built using the “core and cluster” model, and on new community housing innovations. The aim for this to create 75 new refuges across the state, as well as additional social and affordable housing. This will go a long way towards addressing the dire shortage of crisis and affordable accommodation for women and children who are at risk of homelessness and are impacted by domestic violence and is a hugely positive step.

There is an emphasis on providing funding to services that support Aboriginal families, older women and young people and children. While some funding is available for Metro Sydney, the goal is for most of the funded projects to support communities in other areas of the state, specifically Western Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga.

We understand that the funding is to commence on projects from July 2022 and will be spent over the following four years.

Implications for Mary’s House Services

While it is extremely unlikely that, as an existing service, located in the community of North Sydney, we would be the recipient of any of this funding, MHS welcomes the increased financial support in a sector that is under-funded and under-resourced, especially given the huge increase in demand for services that has been experienced in the last 12 months.

Mary’s House remains reliant on our generous donors for our ongoing operations and we welcome the addition of the new Refuges across the State.

Claire Barber

CEO

Mary’s House Services

Domestic Violence and Abuse Does Not Discriminate

When we tell people that we provide support to women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse at Mary’s House Services, we are often met with the same response “I didn’t think that domestic abuse and violence happened in this area?”.

Research shows that family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue in Australia occurring across all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affecting women and children. The impacts of family, domestic and sexual violence can be serious and long-lasting, affecting an individual’s health, wellbeing, education, relationships and housing outcomes. 3 in 10 assault hospitalisations for people aged 15 and over are due to family and domestic violence.

Today, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released its crime statistics report for up to June 2021. It supports the increasing need for our services for people impacted by domestic violence and abuse in all areas.

Of relevance is the incidents of reported domestic abuse from our local LGAs in the last 12 months. Noting that these are only reported incidents and do not capture the prevalence of non-physical abuse, such as coercive control, financial, emotional, verbal and social abuse of which we see regularly.

LGA Offence Number of incidents July 2020 – June 2021
 

Mosman

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       33

·       11

·       57

 

North Sydney

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       98

·       34

·       124

 

Northern Beaches

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       328

·       173

·       521

 

 

Willoughby

·       Domestic violence related physical assault.

·       Sexual assault.

·       Intimidation, stalking and harassment.

 

·       86

·       33

·       123

Mary’s House Walk 2021

We have some exciting news…

Entries are now OPEN for the 2021 Mary’s House Walk.

Over the month of October, we are inviting you to walk in the shoes of women and children escaping domestic violence and commit to a challenge of ‘steps’. Let women and children know that they are not on this journey alone. That this community joins together to say ‘no’ to domestic violence and abuse.

In 2021, we are walking together virtually to support women and children escaping domestic violence and save lives. There are a number of challenges you can commit to or create your own:

INDIVIDUAL: 76,000 steps per week (in honour of the 76 women and children who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2020).

TEAM/FAMILY: 1.6 million steps in the month of October (to represent the 1.6 million women who have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15).

COMPANY – 2.2 million steps in October (to represent the 2.2 million women who have experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous partner since the age of 15).

For more information, click here.

Recruit your friends, rally your family, and join us to raise funds for Mary’s House Services and raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse in our community.

Here’s how you can get involved in the Mary’s House Walk.

  • Sign up and pledge your challenge for the month of October.
  • Receive your free Mary’s House Services’ cap.
  • Call out to your supporters and donors.
  • Complete your challenge at your own pace in your local area from 1 October – 31 October.
  • Join the community of blue and raise vital funds for Mary’s House Services.
  • Join us at the end of October for a virtual event and celebrate.

There are great prizes to be won which have been donated from some of our generous supporters including Bunnings, Vittoria Coffee, Coco Republic and the Boathouse to name a few.

Tell your friends, family and work colleagues and start pounding the pavement over the month of October.

We can not wait to see you join what will be an unforgettable walk.

Warmest regards
The Team at Mary’s House Services

#maryshousewalk2021