New women’s refuge opens in Sydney to help victims fleeing domestic violence
Domestic Violence New South Wales has welcomed the opening of a new women’s refuge in Sydney’s west, but says it is too early to say whether there has been an improvement in crisis care as the State Government believes.
The media was allowed a rare look inside the refuge called Kelly’s Cottage, as it was inspected by NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard and the member for Seven Hills, Mark Taylor.
The refuge, run by Uniting Recovery/Uniting Hope, had all its five bedrooms filled by the first week of operation at the end of August.
Kelly’s Cottage provides short-term accommodation and crisis counselling to women, including those fleeing domestic violence.
Uniting Hopes adult and family services manager Angela Daynes said the aim was to rebuild independent and secure lives.
“We try to make them feel at home and try to make them feel comfortable and then talk about their individual goals — what they want to achieve while they’re here,” she said.
Kelly’s Cottage is one of 64 Government-owned and funded refuges for women across the state and Mr Hazzard said he hoped to secure funding for more.
“With the increasing amounts of domestic violence we need more centres such as this,” he said.
“This is a refuge that offers hope, as one lady just said to me it offers the power of encouragement.”
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