Victorians have been promised the ‘biggest and most significant’ state budget. Here’s what interest groups want

Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Tania Farha said the pandemic exacerbated problems that existed prior to COVID-19.

The organisation is pleading with the Andrews government for increased funding to hire more case workers and give the workforce a pay rise, money to upgrade technology and equipment, ongoing funding to implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and funds to build more social housing.

“We know that, across the board, emergencies like natural disasters increase the frequency and severity of family violence,” Ms Farha said. “COVID-19 is no exception and the specialist family violence sector needs to be resourced to respond to demand during the COVID-19 recovery and any future outbreaks or other disasters.”

The Age