A New South Wales program that relocates perpetrators of domestic violence rather than their victims is being expanded.

The Staying Home Leaving Violence scheme is already in place in 18 domestic violence hotspots around the state.

The State Government has now provided an extra $2.5 million over two years to roll the program out to Cessnock, Gosford, Tamworth, Parramatta and Holroyd.

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward says the scheme sends a powerful message.
"You apply exclusion orders to the perpetrators so that they are not allowed to re-enter or approach the family home," Ms Goward said.

"You make the family home safe with alarms and of course you provide assistance to the woman and her children so that they can recover from their trauma.

"It means that women and their children face minimal disruption. Victims and their families will now be able to stay in the family home with the same schools, the same friendship groups, the same support and stable housing."

Existing programs at Blacktown and Quakers Hill will also receive a funding boost to deal with growing demand.

 

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