8 February, 2022 – More than 700 women leaving an abusive partner are expected to benefit from grants of up to $5,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Return to Work program.

Women who are currently staying in a domestic violence refuge in NSW will be eligible to apply for a grant to help with costs associated with returning to the workforce such as education and training, transport, childcare or the purchase of equipment.

NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the program was about removing obstacles to empower women to enter or re-enter the workforce.

“We know that some victim-survivors of domestic violence are financially controlled and do not have access to funds. These grants will remove key financial barriers to getting a new job, helping alleviate some of the financial pressures of starting again and providing hope for those in a sometimes hopeless situation.”

Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Natalie Ward said: “It is crucial that victim-survivors feel supported, safe and secure and this extra funding will help those embarking on their next important chapter as they return to work.”

Eligible applicants are able to register interest with Service NSW from 8 to 21 February 2022 and they will then accept applications from women on the registration list from 22 February to 2 May 2022. Government funded refuges supporting women victim-survivors of domestic violence, will be contacted directly with further information.