Resources

Housing

Ask Izzy
Ask Izzy is a website that connects people in need with housing, a meal, money help, family violence support, counselling, and much more. It is free and anonymous, with thousands of services listed across Australia.
https://askizzy.org.au

Link2home
Link2home is a single statewide information and referral service to assist homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. Link2Home provides information, conducts assessments, as well as makes referrals to homelessness services across NSW. Link2home is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year on 1800 152 152.
https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/housing

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW operates homelessness services throughout NSW to assist people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.
https://www.vinnies.org.au/nsw/find-help/homelessness-and-housing-services

Nova For Women and Children
Nova supports women, (with or without children) in Lake Macquarie and the Western suburbs of Newcastle, who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or escaping domestic or family violence. They assist women who are homeless or in crisis to be housed and provide support to maintain safe accommodation.
https://www.novawomen.org.au

Jenny’s Place
Jenny's Place help those who are victims of domestic violence or who face homelessness. Their vision is to prevent violence and to promote healthy relationships through community education and raising awareness. Their services include homelessness support, domestic violence support, and information/resources.
https://www.jennysplace.org

Carrie’s Place
Domestic violence and homelessness services in the Maitland and Lower Hunter area. Carrie’s Place provides a range of culturally appropriate services for people experiencing domestic and family violence, and/or homelessness. Carrie’s Place also provides a range of services to vulnerable people to support recovery and build resilience.
http://www.carriesplace.org.au

Safety

Centre for Women’s Economic Safety (CWES)
The Centre for Women’s Economic Safety Ltd (CWES) supports women experiencing economic abuse in the context of domestic and family violence. CWES works to reduce the impact of economic abuse on victim-survivors by connecting them with appropriate information, services and assistance, and by sharing their lived experiences to improve social, service and system responses to it.
https://cwes.org.au

eSafety
eSafety is Australia's independent regulator for online safety, providing education about online safety risks, and help to remove harmful content such as cyberbullying of children, adult cyber abuse and intimate images or videos shared without consent. The online safety checklist can help if you’re experiencing tech-based domestic, family and sexual violence.
https://www.esafety.gov.au

Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV)
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.
https://dcj.nsw.gov.au/service-providers/supporting-family-domestic-sexual-violence-services/dfv-programs-funding/staying-home-leaving-violence.html

Carrie’s Place
Domestic violence and homelessness services in the Maitland and Lower Hunter area. Carrie’s Place provides a range of culturally appropriate services for people experiencing domestic and family violence, and/or homelessness. Carrie’s Place also provides a range of services to vulnerable people to support recovery and build resilience.
http://www.carriesplace.org.au

Reporting

Government-Funded Organisation Reports (GFOR)
If you have disclosed an offence, an act of violence, or an act of modern slavery to a NSW or Federal Government funded organisation they may be able to provide a Government-Funded Organisation Report (GFOR) to you. This can assist claims to Victim Services that have not been reported to Police, or those that require additional supporting evidence to already reported disclosures. For more information on how to obtain a GFOR please contact VOCAL.
https://victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au/documents/how-can-we-help-you/victims-support-scheme/vss-overview/government-funded-organisation-report-form.pdf

Crime Stoppers NSW
If you have information that you think may assist the Police in relation to specific incidents or investigations, you can pass it on to Crime Stoppers by phoning 1800 333 000, or report your knowledge of criminal activity online (desktop version, mobile version). You can report to Crime Stoppers about people wanted by the Police, unsolved crimes and future crime that is being planned, people you know who committed criminal offences where they have not been arrested, or suspicious or unusual activity.
https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO)
If you do not want to speak directly with a police officer, but you want the police to know you have been sexually assaulted you can complete the online Sexual Assault Reporting Option (SARO) through the community portal. A SARO questionnaire is not the same as making a formal report to police and it will not initiate a criminal investigation. The primary purposes of a SARO is to make a record of what occurred, in addition to allowing the NSW Police Force to gather information on sexual offences and offending.
https://portal.police.nsw.gov.au/adultsexualassault/s/sexualassaultreportingoption

Disability Support Services

Uniting
Uniting is a partner of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in your local community. Uniting supports people aged 9-65 who have NDIS plans and are eligible for the scheme. We also support people with disability who aren’t eligible for the scheme by connecting you to services and supports in your community.
https://lac.uniting.org/home

Justice Advocacy Service (JAS)
The Justice Advocacy Service (JAS) supports young people and adults with cognitive impairment in contact with the NSW criminal justice system, including as victims, witnesses and suspects/defendants to exercise their rights and fully participate in the process.
https://idrs.org.au/jas

CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Services

Mosaic Multicultural Connections
Mosaic provides care, support and, services in the areas of settlement, families and young people, aged care, and community development for culturally diverse people across Newcastle, the Hunter, Lake Macquarie, the Central Coast, and New England.
https://mosaicmc.org.au

Community and Organisation Run Support Groups

SAMSN
SAMSN run free 8-week peer-support groups for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. SAMSN’s groups are conducted within a safe peer-support environment and are facilitated by two experienced professionals. The facilitators create a safe environment for recovery with clear rules and guidelines for the peer-group to ensure appropriate conduct and confidentiality.
https://www.samsn.org.au

The Survivor Hub
The Survivor Hub run free peer support groups for survivors of sexual assault. Their support groups ("MeetUps") are safe spaces for survivors to connect, share and support one another through their lived experiences. It is a place to find community with others who understand first-hand what they're going through.
https://www.thesurvivorhub.org.au

Relationships Australia NSW
Relationships Australia NSW works with people, couples, families and communities to help them make positive choices about their relationships and life situations, strengthen bonds, and manage conflict and change. Relationships Australia NSW is a non-profit organisation specialising in counselling, mental health support, family mediation, workshops, and tailored support services across NSW.
https://www.relationshipsnsw.org.au