Federal government funding to combat domestic violence

By Rachel Hardy

Federal government funding to combat domestic violence

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A PANDEMIC THAT IS FAR FROM OVER. WE AS A COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP AGAINST THE SCOURGE OF DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE.

Our Federal Government has made the largest ever Commonwealth investment of $328 million towards the National Plan to Reduce Violence.This record investment will focus on prevention measures and core frontline services.

1. $78 million to provide safe places, including new emergency accommodation, for women and children escaping violence.
2. $68 million for prevention strategies to stop violence before it occurs.
3. $64 million for 1800RESPECT – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

This work builds on previous efforts by our Government, including banning the direct cross-examination of women by their alleged perpetrator during family law proceedings, the introduction of domestic violence leave, extending early release of superannuation on compassionate grounds to survivors, providing no interest loans to 45,000 women experiencing family and domestic violence and issuing over 7,000 visas for women and children overseas needing safe refuge. Together, we can achieve a safer and more secure Australia.

If you need help, contact the following organisations:
• Gladstone Women’s Health Centre • Vinnie’s
• Roseberry Qld • Anglicare Central Queensland
• Impact Community Health Service
• Relationships Australia • Ozcare
• Coordinated Community Response To Domestic and
Family Violence Committee (CCRDFV)
• DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811
• DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636
• Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
• Elder Abuse Helpline – 1300 651 192
• www.qld.gov.au/makethecall