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The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre has received $50,000 funding in 2019-20 to support the development of a business case for their proposal to establish a Domestic and Family Violence Trauma Recovery Centre in the Illawarra.

The funding will be used towards establishing a design for the centre, involving a collaborative process with women who have lived experience of domestic family violence, service providers and policy makers. The final design will form the basis of the business case for this centre.

Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, was delighted to make the announcement today alongside Sally Stevenson, General Manager of the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre have been lobbying state and federal governments for funding since their campaign to establish a domestic and family violence trauma recovery centre in the Illawarra was first launched last year.

Ms Watson was able to help secure the additional funding for the project, after lobbying the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research.

“I’m delighted to announce a Domestic and Family Violence Trauma Recovery Centre for the Illawarra is officially one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Ms Watson.

The proposed stand-alone domestic and family violence trauma recovery centre would focus on holistic, long-term recovery and would be the first of its kind in Australia.

The funding announced today will be spent on developing a business case for the proposal. This business case will then ultimately be reviewed by NSW Health and interagency partners before a decision is made whether to fund the project in its entirety.

Ms Watson said “I’d like to thank Sally and the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre again for the work they’re doing in our community and for their inspiring vision for the future. I am so proud to have been able to contribute to this project.”

“Domestic and family violence has infected too many homes and touched too many local families, and unfortunately the services they need just aren’t there. This funding represents a huge step in the right direction.”

“I really believe in this proposal. I will do everything I can to see a domestic and family violence trauma recovery centre delivered for the Illawarra.”

General Manager of the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, Sally Stevenson, said “We’re really pleased that the Minister for Health has provided this much needed funding for this landmark project.”

“We can’t wait to finally get started on the design process for the Trauma Recovery Centre, with the assistance of women with lived domestic and family violence experience and experts in the domestic violence sector."

“This is the first step in bringing this important project to fruition and we look forward to the NSW Government’s ongoing support of the Trauma Recovery Centre."

Ms Watson pictured with UNSW's Dr Patricia Cullen and General Manager of Illawarra Women's Health Centre Ms Sally Stevenson

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