The Andrews Labor Government today announced $4 million in funding as part of its commitment to addressing family violence.
Minister for Housing, Ageing and Disability, Martin Foley, announced a $1.4 million boost over four years to Domestic Violence Victoria, the state’s peak body for women and children’s family violence services.
This new funding will ensure that Domestic Violence Victoria is able to advocate for women and children who are the victims of family violence so that they receive the services they need.
A $2 million investment will fund 17 family violence workers to help respond to referrals that come from Victoria Police. This role is crucial to ensure family violence victims are offered the right help for their circumstances.
A further $600,000 will improve responses to Aboriginal people who are victims of family violence. The Department of Health and Human Services will work with Aboriginal organisations to determine where there is the greatest demand.
The money is part of a $17.7 million Victorian Government commitment to family violence services.
Mr Foley made the announcements with the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, at the official opening of the new headquarters for the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government has led the nation in addressing family violence, establishing Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, Martin Foley
“Family violence does not discriminate, it does not exclude any demographic group and its effects are far-reaching across all aspects of our society.”
“We need to ensure that key bodies like Domestic Violence Victoria are supported to continue their valuable work in advocating for the safety of women and children.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families & Children, Jenny Mikakos
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to addressing family violence. Women and children have the right to feel safe in their homes.”
“More family violence workers with a focus on responding to police referrals will mean women and children get a greater level of support when they need it most.”