A “first of its kind” initiative will see the NSW government fund the creation of two bedroom units for female victims of domestic and family violence.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Pru Goward confirmed the $4 million trial would establish a series of “homelike” properties in Orange, the Daily Telegraph reports.
“This new model allows women and their children greater privacy and independence in a homelike environment where there is still access to vital support,” Ms Goward said.
“It ensures they have the necessary personal space to re-establish their daily routines and a sense of normalcy, but with service providers close by while they continue their recovery.
“We know our regional services, starting with this one in Orange, will welcome the opportunity to provide more accommodation for women and children leaving domestic violence.”
Across the 2016 and 2017, approximately 5137 women aged over 15 accessed short-term or emergency accommodation.
Managed by Housing Plus, the project will feature a community services hub surrounded by six interchangeable two bedroom villas, which can be reconfigured to adapt to different family sizes.
“Violence against women and their children is a deeply entrenched and serious problem, particularly in Orange where the rate of assault is double the state average,” Housing Plus CEO David Fisher said.
He added: “We are hopeful that we will secure the last of the funding needed to proceed with the project.
“If successful, we expect to begin construction on the site in December.”