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Nova for Women and Children
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About Nova for Women & Children

The three women's services operated independently from each other in Newcastle for approximately 25 years until Eva's Project and Lower Hunter Women's housing services amalgamated in July 2008 and in 2014 Eastlakes Women's and Children's Refuge joined Nova, following the Specialist Homeless Services (SHS ) reforms.

Eva's Project originated through the women's refuge movement where it was identified that domestic violence was a major contributor to homelessness for women with dependent children. It was seen that there was a gap for women that required supported accommodation.

Lower Hunter Women's Housing was an initiative of Housing NSW that considered women, with or without dependent children, who were homeless or at risk of homelessness with complex needs, required supported transitional accommodation.

Eastlakes Women's and Children's Refuge started as a volunteer organisation. Government funding was secured through the women's refuge movement and indicated recognition of the validity of the organisation in delivering domestic violence and homelessness services. Over time the service secured two purpose built premises in the Lake Macquarie region for crisis services.

The services brought together a rich history of working with women who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or escaping family and domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence Response Enhancement (DVRE)

The Domestic Violence Enhancement (DVRE) program enhances the services response for women and children who are in unsafe housing, homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as a result of domestic and family violence. The DVRE program offers after hours support (including risk assessment, safety planning, case management and monitoring), intake, and increasing interim accommodation and transitional housing options

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Newcastle West Hub

The hub is located in the heart of Newcastle at 558 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, close to DCJ Housing, and other services. The hub is distinctive because it is a heritage listed building with a brightly coloured fridge on the verandah which serves as our Book Library. The building also has bright red hearts on the front and, in winter, a clothing rack with warm coats, scarves, gloves and beanies. Within the hub we offer a safe place for women with or without children to access assistance with homelessness and domestic violence and a place to have something to eat, a shower if they like, free toiletries and clothes and a washing machine and dryer.

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Outreach Support

Nova for Women and Children provides outreach support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or experiencing family and domestic violence. This support will include an initial assessment, identification of needs, and support to access services. Outreach support assists women to sustain tenancies that are at risk, or to assist with finding alternative accommodation if needed. 

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