Grace’s Place is the name given to what will be a world first residential trauma centre for children affected by homicide. It is named after Grace Lynch, the mother of Anita Cobby and is to be delivered and operated by the Homicide Victims Support Group (HVSG).
In March this year, HVSG was granted $6.1 million and $3.3 million from the Federal and NSW State governments respectively to fund the building of Grace’s Place in Blacktown in Sydney’s West. The facility is to be built in Doonside on land provided by Blacktown City Council.
Construction is scheduled to commence in September 2019.
Founded in June 1993, the Homicide Victims Support Group (HVSG) was established when the parents of Anita Cobby and Ebony Simpson were introduced. They recognised the very real need to set up an organisation which could offer counselling, support and information to families and friends of homicide victims throughout NSW.
As a result the counselling section at the Institute of Forensic Medicine started to work with family members to introduce the concept of the HVSG.
The Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc.is funded by Western Sydney Local Area Health District, along with generous donations from members, friends, caring members of the public and corporate sponsors.