Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Service was founded in 1980 by a group of local women committed to providing a safe place for women and children affected by domestic violence in the Port Macquarie Hastings community.
This is our proud history (we prefer to call it our ‘herstory’) of almost 40 years of working to secure funding to provide crisis accommodation and support services for women and children in need:
Hastings Council allow the temporary occupation of a Council property at 45 Savoy St, Port Macquarie for a temporary Refuge
Relocated from Savoy St to another Council property in 23 Murray St, Port Macquarie (Killara House)
Council requested the property at 23 Murray St be vacated by September 1984
Department of Housing purchase a property in Port Macquarie for Hastings Women and Children’s Refuge
Department of Community Services agree to provide funding under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program to provide support to women and children escaping domestic violence
Department of Housing approved funds under CAP for the purchase of land and design and construction of a new Refuge
Block of land purchased through Murray Turnham Real Estate (1266sqm)
A design for the new Refuge is accepted by Management Committee
Letter sent from the Committee to Department of Housing requesting the property purchased in 1984 soon to be vacated (relocation to new purpose built Refuge) be provided back to the Refuge as medium term accommodation for the client group
Relocate to new purpose built Refuge
Innovation & Investment Funding Project
Funded under Integrated Domestic & Family Violence Services Program to deliver new Project – Community Partnerships Against Domestic and Family Violence (CPADFV)
Opening of our Outreach Centre – “Liberty Cottage”
Won the tender in the Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) Reform process to continue service delivery under SHS for an additional three year period until end June 2017
Received an additional two years funding for CPADFV Program until end June 2016
Formed consortium with Kempsey Family Support Services & Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services for successful tender to pilot Men’s Behaviour Change Program in Coffs Harbour - Engaged 2 Change Mid North Coast
Organisation purchases outreach property in Table St for Liberty Cottage staff to relocate in mid 2018
The purpose-renovated Liberty Cottage Outreach Centre is officially opened by Leslie Williams MP on 3 December 2018. The organisation unveils it's new name and brand - Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.
Launch of the Fixed Address program that aims to keep women and children safe in their own homes, by providing transitional housing options and case management support for men who have used violence.