Trauma centre to honour Anita Cobby's mum

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Work has begun in Sydney on a residential trauma centre to support children whose loved ones have been murdered.

The facility has been welcomed by the family of murdered nurse Anita Cobby, and is named in honour of the Sydney woman's late mother Grace Lynch.

Ms Lynch became a powerful advocate for victims of crime after her daughter's brutal murder in 1986 shocked the nation.

Grace's Place, in Doonside in Sydney's west, will provide accommodation and counselling for up to 12 children and their carers.

It aims to help young people trying to cope with the severe trauma of losing a loved one to homicide.

The $9.4 million centre is a joint Commonwealth and NSW government-funded project, with the Commonwealth contributing $6.1 million to the construction costs.

Grace's Place will be managed by the Homicide Victims Support Group, which Ms Lynch helped establish.

Anita Cobby's sister and patron of the centre, Kathryn Szyzska, said her mother would have been proud to see work on the project realised.

"It is very emotional to see work start on Grace's Place. My mother would feel very humbled that HVSG have named it in her honour."

Construction is expected to be finished late nest year.