A NSW Government domestic violence program which supports women in violent relationships to stay in their home while the perpetrator is removed will be expanded to five new sites across regional NSW.
The NSW Government is investing $6.2 million over four years to expand Staying Home Leaving Violence to Griffith, Port Stephens, Albury, Richmond Valley and Coonamble/Walgett.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said the expansion will support more than 1100 women and their children to remain in their homes or a home of their choice after ending a violent relationship.
"Staying Home Leaving Violence enables victims of domestic violence to re-build their lives in their own home, and remain in their community while the perpetrator is removed," Ms Goward said.
"We know domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness and this expansion will help even more people leaving abusive relationships start a new life free from violence.
"The expansion of a proven initiative like Staying Home Leaving Violence is another example of how the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is leading the nation in tackling domestic and family violence."
Staying Home Leaving Violence provides a range of support, including safety planning, improved home security, help in managing finances and legal issues and support for children.
Women who are separated from a violent partner but continue to experience abuse from their ex-partner are prioritised.
The expansion of Staying Home Leaving Violence to five new sites is part of the NSW Government's Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023, a comprehensive approach to prevent and improve responses to homelessness.