Domestic violence support services in Orange, Parkes and Forbes will share in a $220,000 funding boost to help them work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said three services in Orange and one working in Parkes and Forbes would be able to spend the money on their work.
The specialist support services are the Orange Homelessness and Housing Support services for adults and families, the Orange Staying Home Leaving Violence organisation and Housing Plus for its Central West Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy service.
The pandemic has increased the potential for domestic abuse in homes.Mark Speakman, NSW attorney general
The Parkes Forbes Homelessness and Housing Support Service will also receive a share of the money.
Mr Speakman said the extra funding was part of the NSW and federal governments' $21 million investment to help support services work with domestic violence victim-survivors.
"The pandemic has increased the potential for domestic abuse in homes across the Central Tablelands, so we want to ensure help is available and accessible at this crucial time," he said.
Mr Speakman said frontline services have reported that more people had sought help during the pandemic and were presenting with more complex needs.
"Our dedicated frontline services as well as police and local court staff do an incredible job responding to the terrible scourge of domestic and family violence," he said.
"This funding boost by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments will help ensure local support services in Orange have the resources they need to respond to any increase in service demand."
The $21 million funding includes $12.8 million from the state government and $8.8 million from the federal government.
Mr Speakman said the funding would help a range of organisations with emergency support and legal assistance. "If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, please contact the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 when it's safe to do so," he said.
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