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Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV)

Do you know someone experiencing violence at home?

Making the decision to leave a violent relationship can also mean deciding whether to leave the family home.

Women and children could become homeless, separated from their communities and support networks, and may have to find a new job or school.

Helping women and children stay at home

The aim of the SHLV program is to support women and children stay safely in their home (or home of choice) and to reduce the risk of homelessness.

Working with the Police and the Court system may result in the violent partner being excluded from the family home, so women and children can stay.

We are a free, easily accessible service. We provide a safe and confidential space to support women and children escaping a violent relationship.

How we can help

  • by providing ongoing support, case management and referrals
  • liaising with other services or community organisations on your behalf
  • working with police to report past or present domestic violence
  • helping women get Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) and reporting breaches of those ADVOs to the police
  • assessing home security, safety planning, providing security upgrades or safety equipment for women with an ADVO (that includes an exclusion order)
  • helping with victims’ support applications
  • referring and supporting children who have experienced domestic violence
  • helping with legal processes like finding a solicitor for Family Law matters


If you’re at risk, call 000.

For help 24/7, call 1800 65 64 63 (Domestic Violence Hotline).

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732

To access this program contact Kempsey Families Inc.

Monday to Friday 8.30 am- 4 pm via phone, text, or email.

P: (02) 6562 2272
M: 0437 003 154
E: shlv@kempseyfamilies.org.au
W: NSW Department of Communities and Justice

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We are a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)

Our Funding

We are funded by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice

How to contact us

Our Main Office Location
21 Verge Street, Kempsey

Phone: (02) 6563 1588