Call to extend funding to address impact of COVID-19 on services responding to family violence and sexual assault

The three peak bodies for specialist services responding to family violence and sexual assault in Victoria – Domestic Violence Victoria and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, No to Violence, and Sexual Assault Services Victoria – call on the Australian Government to extend the initial $150 million COVID-19 funding provided to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from coronavirus during 2020.

While the respective sectors these peak bodies represent each benefitted from the initial funding during a crucial period, the impacts of COVID-19 are far from over. These sectors each face a significant rise in demand for services from people impacted by family and sexual violence and an increase in complexity of cases.

We urge the Australian Government to commit to further resourcing specialist family violence and sexual assault services to respond to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

Read our letter to the Australian Government.