NSW not doing enough for women’s refuges

Police stations and even McDonald’s restaurants have become the de facto refuges of choice for a growing number of women in crisis, domestic violence workers say.

Gone are the days when government at least strove to provide adequate funding for specialist services to meet the needs of abused mothers and children, according to DV Safety NSW.

As it promotes Domestic Violence Awareness Week, the group points to the fact that more than three-quarters of dedicated women’s refuges in NSW have been turned into general homelessness services since government reforms in 2014.

Domestic Violence Awareness Week runs from September 23-30.


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