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Staying Home Leaving Violence

Currently offered in these postcode areas: 2340, 2346, 2347, 2360, 2361, 2369, 2354, 2358.

What is Staying Home Leaving Violence? 

Women who want to escape a violent relationship at home often think leaving is their only choice. But if you want to stay, we can help. 

SHLV is a free intervention program which works with the police and local community to help women (with or without children) to leave violence and stay safely in their home or a home of their choice. 

The program aims to support women and children to stay safely in their own home or a home of their choice, and have the perpretrator of the violence leave. 

Our team will help support you through the seperation, including with police and legal matters. We provide case management services for up to 12 months, and longer if needed. 

How we can help?

  • Ongoing assistance with safety planning (including a safety audit of the residential property)
  • Covering some of the costs for installing safety upgrades using brokerage funds
  • Court support and advocacy - Apprehended Domestic Violence Order and Famliy Law matters
  • Information and referrals to other services 
  • Referrals to counselling
  • Internal referrals to other services
  • Support to continue to live free from violence


Women who:

  • Are seperated from a violent partners
  • Are 18 years and over, with or without children
  • Live in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Tamworth, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Armidale, Walcha, Uralla, Glenn Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell.
  • Are in stable accommodationwho have separated from a violent partner.
  • Are in stable accommodation or making a planned move to stable accommodation.

What is Domestic Violence? 

Domestic Violence is any form of abusive behavior that one person uses to establish and maintain control over another. Domestic Violence takes on many different forms:

  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Social Control (often isolation)
  • Financial Control
  • Spiritual Control
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Threats and other intimidation

Domestic Violence can occur within all relationships of a personal nature. Domestic Violence is a CRIME and must be responded to as such. There are NO acceptable excuses.

What is an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order? 

An ADVO is an order made by the Local Court for your protection. It tells the person who you have the ADVO on (‘the defendant’) that they are not allowed to harass, assault, intimidate or threaten you. There may also be other conditions for your protection as well.

What is an Exclusion Order?

An exclusion order allows you to stay in your own home as part of an ADVO and excludes or removes the violent person. An exclusion order is one of the conditions which may be applied for in an ADVO. It can prohibit the violent person from living in the home of the protected person.


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