Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Fiona McCormack has welcomed the historic investment into eliminating family violence in Victoria.
“Today is a day to be proud. The Royal Commission into Family Violence gave us a blueprint to reform Victoria’s family violence system. We welcome the resources that will make that vision a reality.”
The 2017-18 Victorian budget allocates $1.9 billion over four years to address family violence. This includes $448 million for 17 Support and Safety Hubs and $270.8 million to support victim survivors with case management and crisis support, counselling and therapeutic support, and financial counselling.
“We knew that this work would take time and significant investment,” Ms McCormack said. “Today’s announcement will help to establish Victoria as a world leader in eliminating family violence.”
In particular Domestic Violence Victoria welcomes:
- Continued funding for refuge redevelopment to upgrade all Victorian women’s refuges to accessible and purpose built accommodation.
- An extension of the family violence rapid re-housing program which provides long-term housing for women and their children at risk of family violence.
- Funding for reforms squarely focused responding to men who choose to use family violence and bringing them into view.
- A start to building new systems and infrastructure in the courts which will help to improve the way women and children experiencing family violence.
“We’re finally seeing in Victoria an investment that appropriately reflects the devastating impact of family violence on our community,” Ms McCormack said.
“We can’t forget that the rest of Australia and indeed the world is watching what Victoria does next. Now more than ever, we need bipartisan support to end family violence in Victoria.”
Fiona McCormack is available for interviews on 9921 0828