PUSH TO IMPROVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT
A push to establish an innovative new domestic violence support model in Tamworth has begun with significant work already undertaken to make the project a reality.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he had been working with Tamworth Family Support Services (TFSS), Tamworth Regional Council, and housing provider Housing Plus to put together a proposal to take to Government.
“In October 2021, the NSW Government announced the $426.6 million expansion of the innovative Core and Cluster model after it had proven highly successful in trials in Griffith and Orange,” Mr Anderson said.
“The Core and Cluster model provides independent and private housing to women and children fleeing domestic violence, co-located with support services ensuring they have the support they need to recover and feel safe.
“Following the funding announcement in October, I set up a meeting with Tamworth Family Support Services and Tamworth Regional Council to start the process of putting together an application to access this funding.
“Since that time significant work has been underway behind the scenes to put together an Expression of Interest ahead of upcoming funding opportunities and the work continues.”
TFSS CEO Belinda Kotris said that this model will be a positive change for community services.
“Our staff deal with thousands of requests from women escaping domestic violence each year,” she said.
“The opportunity to be a part of this initiative and expand the spaces where women and children feel safe in Tamworth is a great outcome for the community.”
“The NSW Government has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence. While we have existing infrastructure and services available to assist women and children escaping domestic violence, it is important that we build on existing infrastructure and services so that we can better support local families,” Mr Anderson concluded.