Hunter organisations supporting victims of domestic violence have been given a helping hand in the latest round of a grant program supporting women through the pandemic.

A number of local groups have managed to benefit in the third round of the $8.6 million COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program.

Maitland’s Carrie’s Place is set to put the cash toward refurbishing their refuge with a new kitchen and facilities, as well as efforts to improve disability access. 

Upper Hunter Homeless Support, Samaritans Foundation, Port Stephens Family Family and Neighbourhood Services Inc., Family Support Newcastle and Survivor’s R Us Incorporated have all also received funding for renovations, repairs, and new infrastructure.

Carrie’s Place CEO Jayne Clowes says the funds will go a long way toward providing the best conditions for their clients.

“Your own environment and your own surroundings are important to you,” Ms Clowes said. “We need to make sure that our women and children feel safe and secure.” 

“So it’s a fantastic opportunity for Carrie’s Place to be able to use this funding to improve our services for the clients that we support.”