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$51,000 funding to provide a safer haven for DV victims

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A $51,000 grant will enable Newcastle domestic violence service Jenny’s Place to offer clients a more safe and secure sanctuary.

The latest financial windfall, part of the NSW Government’s $37.2 million Local Small Commitments Allocation Program, allows the Hunter-based not-for-profit organisation to enhance the access control and locking system at two refuges for women and children.

Jenny’s Place operations manager Stacey Gately admitted the funding was more than welcomed.

“The upgraded locking system will remove the need for a locksmith to change our security codes, saving us money,” she said.

“We can then reallocate those funds towards helping those in need.

“Safety is paramount for women and children accessing our services after experiencing domestic violence and or homelessness.

“So, this upgrade has made it much easier for staff to provide access to clients and ensure that the security system is operational.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Tim Crakanthorp and the NSW Government, through the Local Small Commitments Allocation.”

Jenny’s Place offers a range of services to women and children, operating Women and Children’s Crisis Refuge, Single Women’s Crisis Refuge, Supported Transitional Accommodation, Outreach Homelessness Support Program and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre.

The NSW Government committed funds to the Local Small Commitments Allocation initiative, which helps small local projects and programs that strengthen communities and provides improvements at a local level, making NSW an even better place to live.

“The work that Jenny’s Place does is just phenomenal,” Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said.

“They support and care for our most vulnerable women and children.

“So, I am so pleased to help them improve their refuge security.

“This upgrade is a huge win for everyone at Jenny’s Place.

“It will boost security for women and children seeking refuge, improve workplace practicality for staff, and save costs for the organisation as a whole.”

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