MAITLAND will benefit from Labor’s nearly $160 million plan to address domestic, family and sexual violence across the state.
Last month, Labor announced the $158 million package for frontline domestic violence services if they win the upcoming NSW election.
As part of the package, Labor has also promised to restore the $20 million in funding that was slashed from women's specialist domestic violence services.
It will also provide additional funding for 29 specialist case workers in Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services.
Carrie's Place chief executive Jan McDonald welcomed the election announcement, particularly the additional specialist case workers.
"It will increase our capacity to respond to women who experience domestic and family violence," she said.
"The idea of having an additional worker in the court advocacy service is very positive. We know that the legal response and the apprehended violence process is only one piece of the puzzle.
"We need the ongoing support, and that additional worker would provide that post court support.
"The extra worker will give us a better capacity."
The Hunter will also be one of three places, along with Sydney and the Illawarra, to trial a specialist sexual assault and domestic violence court.
Local MP and Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jenny Aitchison said the package would be a game changer for violence prevention in the region and across the state.
"It's going to change the lives of people experiencing violence which will have inter-generational effects," she said.
Maitland has eight candidates in the running for the state election on March 23.