New refuge for Tamworth domestic violence victim-survivors

NSW Nationals

A project to support accommodation for domestic violence victim-survivors and their families in Tamworth is progressing.

Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the ‘Core & Cluster’ refuge model co-locates independent living accommodation with access to on-site support services and counselling.

“We know that having a safe, secure place to live is one of the biggest barriers preventing women and children from escaping domestic violence situations,” Mr Anderson said.

“The new ‘core and cluster’ refuge model will significantly improve capacity in Tamworth by providing more independent living spaces for women and children that will be co-located with support services and Tamworth Family Support Services staff.

“We have zero tolerance for domestic violence, and I commend Tamworth Family Support Services and Housing Plus for the outstanding work they have been doing to build this facility.”

Tamworth Family Support Services CEO Belinda Kotris said the core and cluster will forever change how the sector supports women and children experiencing domestic violence.

“While we eagerly wait for construction to start, I want to remind the community that there is support available for anyone experiencing domestic and family violence, locally and through services like 1800 RESPECT,” Mrs Kotris said.

Housing Plus CEO Justin Cantello said the accommodation would support more women and children impacted by domestic violence.

“Accommodation provided will mean women and children impacted by domestic and family violence will be provided with a safe and supported environment to recover.

“This environment starts with safe, trauma-informed physical design and is complemented by a service delivery model that provides intensive support when it is needed most.”

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