Last week, the Victorian Government announced almost $10 million to relieve the pressure on vital family violence services across the state.
The funding, which will be released immediately, includes:
- $6 million for crisis accommodation, counselling, women’s health, behaviour change programs, services working with Aboriginal victim survivors, and to support consultation with government.
- $2 million over two years to support culturally diverse communities who are experiencing family violence.
- $1 million for the Victims Assistance Program, which supports victims of crime in their recovery.
- $129,000 to fund support for women to identify and seek help for financial abuse.
- $600,000 to help local councils develop programs to prevent family violence in their communities.
The Premier also announced that 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will lead a new Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council who will ensure the Government makes the changes needed to protect Victorians.
The funding announcement comes after the Government announced $1.25 million for men’s behaviour change programs, last month.
For more information, see the government’s media release.
(Source: Media Release, Office of the Premier, 23 March 2016)