The NSW Government has doled out $4 million to assist organisations providing legal advice or support for domestic violence victims, amid rising concerns that extended COVID-19 lockdowns are placing extra pressure on the sector.
NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the new funding would help more than 70 organisations modernise and expand their operations in delivering critical services.
“This initiative will help these charities and not-for-profits increase capacity, provide better digital service delivery, and enhance remote working options,” Mr Speakman said.
“The NSW Government is committed to helping those in need to end the scourge of domestic violence, and by ensuring these services are equipped with the right resources and capabilities, we know these grants will add long term value to services and in turn benefit those they support.”
A total of $2.06 million was granted to 44 organisations that provide family and domestic violence services, while 28 groups, who specialise in legal services, will receive $2.39 million in total.
Jayne Clowes, CEO of Carrie’s Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services, said the funding could not have come at a more opportune time.
“Our laptops and tech were all in urgent need of being upgraded and, now, because of the necessity for working remotely, it is especially important. The grant will enable our workers to have far greater flexibility to deliver our services,” she said.