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Up to 1000 victims of family violence will be protected each year with the launch of the National Home Safety Service in March.
The service will help up to 400 women each year and up to 600 children identified as being at high risk from domestic violence to remain in their own homes with a significantly reduced risk of serious physical harm or violence.
The National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges has been awarded a three-year, $3.6 million contract to deliver the domestic violence prevention programme from 1 July 2015.
The service is available for victims of domestic violence who are at high risk of repeat victimisation and of serious injury or death.
It involves a number of measures to make makes victims' homes safer from attack such as replacing glass panelled doors with solid doors, installing security lights and monitored personal alarms, replacing locks and repairing broken windows, and linking victims to other agencies that can help.
The programme is part of the suite of initiatives announced by the Government in July 2014 in its Stronger Response to Family Violence package.