Communities and Justice

Staying Home Leaving Violence

Leaving a violent and abusive relationship can be hard. It may mean having to move to a new area and having to start life over with a new home, new job and new school for the kids.You may also be short on money and not in a good mental health headspace.

These are only some of the reasons why women stay in an abusive relationship. Leaving the situation can be pretty stressful and overwhelming, especially with little or no support.

How the program can help you

The aim of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program is to prevent you and your children becoming homeless or having to move away from your support system of family and friends, and the school and community where you live.

The program works in cooperation with NSW Police to remove the perpetrator (the violent partner) from the family home so that you and your children can stay safely where you are. It provides a range of support, such as safety planning, improving home security, help in managing finances, support for children, and helping you with the complicated legal process.

The providers of the program understand that it's the violent person - your partner or ex-partner - who is responsible for their own abusive behaviour and is committing a crime by hurting you and or your children.


Women separated from a violent partner but who continue to experience abuse from their ex-partner are a priority for the program. Priority is also given to women who have experienced domestic and family violence before and are:

  • from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • affected by socio-economic disadvantage
  • from culturally and linguistically (language) diverse backgrounds
  • affected by social exclusion
  • who have a disability
  • who are caring for a child with a disability
  • aged 16 to 18 years - these young people will be referred to a service that can help them.

Formal Evaluation 2022

In 2022 researchers from The Gendered Violence Research Network at the University of NSW were engaged by the the Department of Communities and Justice to undertake a formal evaluation of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program (PDF, 1.5 MB). The  report concludes that the Staying Home Leaving Violence program effectively contributes to the long-term safety and housing stability of women and children who have left a violent and abusive relationship.

Program locations

The program helps women and their children who live in the following locations across NSW.

Location Phone Suburbs covered
Albury 02 6058 6200
1800 885 355
All suburbs within the Albury City, Greater Hume and Federation LGAs
Armidale Region, Uralla and Walcha 1800 073 388 Suburbs within the Armidale Regional, Uralla and Walcha LGA’s.
Bathurst, Lithgow 1300 384 357 All suburbs within the Bathurst Regional & Lithgow City LGA’s
Bega Valley 02 6492 6239 All suburbs within the Bega Valley LGA and southern Eurobodalla LGA
Blacktown 02 9677 1962 All suburbs within the Blacktown LGA
Blue Mountains 1300 384 357 All suburbs within the Blue Mountains LGA via online and outreach services
Broken Hill 08 8088 2520 Broken Hill, Wentworth LGAs
Campbelltown 1800 077 760
02 4633 3777
All suburbs within the Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly LGA’s
Canterbury, Burwood 02 9602 7795 All suburbs within the Burwood LGA and the former Canterbury LGA
Coffs Harbour 02 6652 9944 Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Valley and Bellingen LGA’s
Coonamble, Walgett 02 6829 4352
02 6828 3570
All suburbs within the Coonamble, Walgett, Brewarrina & Warrumbungle LGA’s
Dubbo 02 6883 1561 Suburbs within the Dubbo, Narromine and Gilgandra LGA’s
Eurobodalla 02 6492 6239 Bateman’s Bay and Moruya via online and outreach services
Fairfield, Liverpool 02 9602 7795 All suburbs within the Fairfield & Liverpool LGA’s, and the Bankstown portion of Canterbury-Bankstown LGA
Georges River 02 9319 4088 All suburbs within the Georges River LGA
Griffith 02 6964 3381 Suburbs within the Griffith, Narrandera, Leeton, & Hay LGA’s
Inverell 0417 858 634
0417 786 736
Suburbs within the Inverell, Glenn Innes and Tenterfield LGA
Kempsey 02 6562 2272 Suburbs within the Kempsey and Nambucca Valley LGA’s
Lake Macquarie 02 4943 9255 All suburbs within the Lake Macquarie LGA
Lachlan and Weddin 1800 067 067 All suburbs within the Lachlan and Weddin LGA’s via online and outreach services
Maitland, Cessnock 02 4934 2585 Suburbs within the Maitland, Cessnock, Dungog and Singleton LGA’s
Mid Coast 02 4979 1120 All suburbs within the Mid-Coast LGA
Mid-Western Regional 1300 384 357 All suburbs within the Mid-Western Regional LGA
Moree Plains 02 6752 8027 Moree Plains and Narrabri LGAs
Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter 02 4934 2585 All suburbs within the Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter LGA’s
Newcastle 02 4926 3577 All suburbs within the Newcastle LGA
Orange 1300 384 357 All suburbs within the Orange, Cabonne Council and Blayney LGA’s
Parkes, Forbes, Cowra 02 6850 1788 All suburbs within the Parkes, Cowra & Forbes LGA’s
Parramatta 02 9636 8437 Suburbs within the City of Parramatta, Cumberland & the Hills LGA’s
Penrith 02 4721 2499 Suburbs within the Penrith and Hawkesbury LGA’s
Port Stephens 02 4987 4674 All suburbs within the Port Stephens LGA
Queanbeyan, Palerang Regional 02 6189 4808 All suburbs within the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional LGA
Randwick, Waverley 0439 414 673 All suburbs within the Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra LGA's and the following suburbs in Bayside LGA - Banksmeadow, Botany, Daceyville, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Mascot, Pagewood, Rosebery (Part in Bayside LGA)
Redfern 02 9699 9036

The following suburbs of City of Sydney and Inner West LGA: 

Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Camperdown, Chippendale, Darlington, Dulwich Hill, Enmore, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Glebe, Lewisham, Marrickville, Newtown, Petersham, Redfern, Rosebery, St Peters, Stanmore, Sydenham, Tempe, Waterloo, Zetland.

Richmond Valley 02 6662 2898 All suburbs within the Richmond Valley, Lismore and Kyogle LGAs
Shoalhaven 02 4421 7400 Suburbs within the Shoalhaven, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs
Snowy Monaro Regional Council 02 6492 6239 Bombala via online and outreach services
Sutherland 02 9528 2933 All suburbs within the Sutherland Shire LGA
Tamworth Regional 1800 073 388 Suburbs within the Tamworth Regional, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains LGAs
Tweed, Byron 02 6684 4299 Suburbs within the Tweed, Byron and Ballina LGA’s.
Wagga Wagga, Junee 02 6964 3381 All suburbs within the Wagga Wagga and Junee LGA’s.
Wollongong 02 4255 5333 Suburbs within the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama LGAs.
Wyong, Gosford 02 4356 2600 All suburbs within the Central Coast LGA
Last updated:

06 Oct 2023