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Leaving a violent and abusive relationship can be hard. It may mean having to move to a new area and having to start life over with a new home, new job and new school for the kids.You may also be short on money and not in a good mental health headspace.
These are only some of the reasons why women stay in an abusive relationship. Leaving the situation can be pretty stressful and overwhelming, especially with little or no support.
The aim of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program is to prevent you and your children becoming homeless or having to move away from your support system of family and friends, and the school and community where you live.
The program works in cooperation with NSW Police to remove the perpetrator (the violent partner) from the family home so that you and your children can stay safely where you are. It provides a range of support, such as safety planning, improving home security, help in managing finances, support for children, and helping you with the complicated legal process.
The providers of the program understand that it's the violent person - your partner or ex-partner - who is responsible for their own abusive behaviour and is committing a crime by hurting you and or your children.
Women separated from a violent partner but who continue to experience abuse from their ex-partner are a priority for the program. Priority is also given to women who have experienced domestic and family violence before and are:
In 2022 researchers from The Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of NSW were engaged by the the Department of Communities and Justice to undertake a formal evaluation of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program (PDF, 1.5 MB). The report concludes that the Staying Home Leaving Violence program effectively contributes to the long-term safety and housing stability of women and children who have left a violent and abusive relationship.
The program helps women and their children who live in the following locations across NSW.
|Albury||02 6058 6200
1800 885 355
|All suburbs within the Albury City, Greater Hume and Federation LGAs|
|Armidale Region, Uralla and Walcha||1800 073 388||Suburbs within the Armidale Regional, Uralla and Walcha LGA’s.|
|Bathurst, Lithgow||1300 384 357||All suburbs within the Bathurst Regional & Lithgow City LGA’s|
|Bega Valley||02 6492 6239||All suburbs within the Bega Valley LGA and southern Eurobodalla LGA|
|Blacktown||02 9677 1962||All suburbs within the Blacktown LGA|
|Blue Mountains||1300 384 357||All suburbs within the Blue Mountains LGA via online and outreach services|
|Broken Hill||08 8088 2520||Broken Hill, Wentworth LGAs|
|Campbelltown||1800 077 760
02 4633 3777
|All suburbs within the Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly LGA’s|
|Canterbury, Burwood||02 9602 7795||All suburbs within the Burwood LGA and the former Canterbury LGA|
|Coffs Harbour||02 6652 9944||Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Valley and Bellingen LGA’s|
|Coonamble, Walgett||02 6829 4352
02 6828 3570
|All suburbs within the Coonamble, Walgett, Brewarrina & Warrumbungle LGA’s|
|Dubbo||02 6883 1561||Suburbs within the Dubbo, Narromine and Gilgandra LGA’s|
|Eurobodalla||02 6492 6239||Bateman’s Bay and Moruya via online and outreach services|
|Fairfield, Liverpool||02 9602 7795||All suburbs within the Fairfield & Liverpool LGA’s, and the Bankstown portion of Canterbury-Bankstown LGA|
|Georges River||02 9319 4088||All suburbs within the Georges River LGA|
|Griffith||02 6964 3381||Suburbs within the Griffith, Narrandera, Leeton, & Hay LGA’s|
|Inverell||0417 858 634
0417 786 736
|Suburbs within the Inverell, Glenn Innes and Tenterfield LGA|
|Kempsey||02 6562 2272||Suburbs within the Kempsey and Nambucca Valley LGA’s|
|Lake Macquarie||02 4943 9255||All suburbs within the Lake Macquarie LGA|
|Lachlan and Weddin||1800 067 067||All suburbs within the Lachlan and Weddin LGA’s via online and outreach services|
|Maitland, Cessnock||02 4934 2585||Suburbs within the Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog and Singleton LGA’s|
|Mid Coast||02 4979 1120||All suburbs within the Mid-Coast LGA|
|Mid-Western Regional||1300 384 357||All suburbs within the Mid-Western Regional LGA|
|Moree Plains||02 6752 8027||Moree Plains and Narrabri LGAs|
|Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter||02 4934 2585||All suburbs within the Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter LGA’s|
|Newcastle||02 4926 3577||All suburbs within the Newcastle LGA|
|Orange||1300 384 357||All suburbs within the Orange, Cabonne Council and Blayney LGA’s|
|Parkes, Forbes, Cowra||02 6850 1788||All suburbs within the Parkes, Cowra & Forbes LGA’s|
|Parramatta||02 9636 8437||Suburbs within the City of Parramatta, Cumberland & the Hills LGA’s|
|Penrith||02 4721 2499||Suburbs within the Penrith and Hawkesbury LGA’s|
|Port Stephens||02 4987 4674||All suburbs within the Port Stephens LGA|
|Queanbeyan, Palerang Regional||02 6299 4799||All suburbs within the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional LGA|
|Randwick, Waverley||0439 414 673||All suburbs within the Randwick, Waverley, Bayside and Woollahra LGA’s.|
|Redfern||02 9699 9036||Inner West LGA and the following suburbs in Sydney LGA:
Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Camperdown, Chippendale, Darlington, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Glebe, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, Redfern, Rosebery, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham, Tempe, Waterloo, Zetland
|Richmond Valley||02 6662 2898||All suburbs within the Richmond Valley, Lismore and Kyogle LGAs|
|Shoalhaven||02 4421 7400||Suburbs within the Shoalhaven, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs|
|Snowy Monaro Regional Council||02 6492 6239||Bombala via online and outreach services|
|Sutherland||02 9528 2933||All suburbs within the Sutherland Shire LGA|
|Tamworth Regional||1800 073 388||Suburbs within the Tamworth Regional, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains LGAs|
|Tweed, Byron||02 6684 4299||Suburbs within the Tweed, Byron and Ballina LGA’s.|
|Wagga Wagga, Junee||02 6964 3381||All suburbs within the Wagga Wagga and Junee LGA’s.|
|Wollongong||02 4255 5333||Suburbs within the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama LGAs.|
|Wyong, Gosford||02 4356 2600||All suburbs within the Central Coast LGA|
15 Dec 2022
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