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Support if you end the relationship

If you decide to end the relationship, you can get support to move out and stay safe, or support to stay in your home without your partner.

Support to move out

If you decide to leave the relationship and move out, you can get help to find somewhere to live and stay safe.

Emergency accommodation

If you need emergency accommodation, contact the 24 hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463. They can put you in contact with the nearest women’s refuge.

Longer term accommodation

For help with longer term accommodation, you can apply for the Start Safely Subsidy. Start Safely provides time-limited financial assistance towards rent to help you secure accommodation after leaving a violent situation. You have to be eligible for social housing to be eligible for Start Safely. To find out more about Start Safely and social housing, call 1800 422 322 or find your local Housing NSW office or see the Start Safely fact sheet.

Other financial assistance

For other information about financial assistance, contact Centrelink on 13 61 50 (if you have dependent children) or on 13 28 50 (if you do not have dependent children).

Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services Program 

The Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services Program helps prevent domestic and family violence escalating among high-risk targeted groups and in targeted communities. The program operates in the following locations:

  • Port Macquarie (02) 6584 9102
  • Bankstown Domestic Violence Response Team (02) 8713 7811 
  • Bondi (02) 9365 1607 
  • Central Coast - Brisbane Waters: (02) 4323 5524
  • Central Coast - Tuggerah Lakes:  (02) 4356 6280
  • Cabramatta (02) 9718 6080 
  • Eastlakes (02) 9667 4664
  • Green Valley Liverpool 1800 11 1146 
  • Mt Druitt (02) 8867 4900  
  • Mullumbimby (02) 6684 4299 
  • Nowra  (02) 4421 9658 

Support to stay in your home

If you decided to leave the relationship, you can get support to stay safe in your home. 

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) 

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) can prevent the abuser from returning to your home. This is known as an ‘exclusion order’. 

For legal advice about domestic and family violence contact Law Access NSW on their free legal advice line 1300 888 529.  

Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

A Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) can also help you to obtain legal protection from domestic violence and help you to access support services. Contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for a referral to your nearest WDVCAS.

Staying Home Leaving Violence

The Staying Home Leaving Violence Program is a long-term service that can support you to stay in your home safely. As part of this program, the violent person is removed from the home – either voluntarily or through an Apprehended Violence Order. The program provides a range of support services, including: safety planning, improving your home’s security, assistance in managing finances, support for children and help throughout the legal process. Call the Staying Home Leaving Violence program in your area for more information:

  • Bega: (02) 6492 6239
  • Blacktown:(02) 9677 1962
  • Broken Hill: 1800 300 036
  • Campbelltown: 1800 077 760
  • Dubbo: 6883 1561
  • Eastern Sydney: 0439 414 673
  • Fairfield/Liverpool: (02) 9602 7795
  • Kempsey: (02) 6562 2272
  • Lake Macquarie: (02)  4943 9255
  • Parramatta/Holroyd: (02) 9636 8437
  • Maitland/Cessnock: (02) 4397 1927
  • Moree: (02) 6752 8027
  • Newcastle: (02) 4926 3577
  • Penrith: (02)  4721 2499
  • Redfern: (02) 9699 9036
  • Shoalhaven: (02) 4421 7400
  • Wollongong: (02) 4255 5333
  • Wyong/Gosford: (02)  4356 2672
  • Tamworth: (02) 6766 4596

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Women’s Refuges

Women’s Refuges can also support you to live safely at home. Contact the 24 hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 for more information and to find a women’s refuge near you.

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