SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
SENATE ESTIMATES REVEALS GOVERNMENT'S STRATEGIC FAILURE IN DEALING WITH FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The Liberal Government's Office of Women has no strategy for evaluating the effectiveness of the Government's $100 million package for addressing Domestic Violence, it was revealed in Senate Estimates this afternoon.
While Labor welcomes the much needed funding package due to the seriousness of the domestic violence epidemic Senator Claire Moore expressed her great concern that the Office of Women has no oversight of programs or what is being spent by Governments in Australia on family and domestic violence.
"How is the Australian Community to know this money in not going to be wasted, that it is not just window dressing, but a real demonstration to a commitment to ending the killings and violence?" Senator Moore asked.
Astoundingly the Office of Women didn't have a clue as to how much the government is spending on its approach to the scourge of domestic violence or its effectiveness, an official saying:
"we didn't actually have any ... the point is we don't actually have any consolidated information since that time (2009)."
Nor could they detail the overall expenditure undertaken in the whole of government approach to domestic violence.
The community should know clearly how much is being spent on tackling domestic and family violence and even more importantly how effective that funding is, in addressing the crisis.
Labor urges the Government to urgently address this oversight so the community can see that the government have a plan, know what's been spent and can track the effectiveness of the funding in dealing with family and domestic violence.
We must ensure sure the response is achieving the best possible results in the reduction of violence and harm.
Labor has committed to deliver a $70 million package that ensures that those suffering from family violence can access critical services when they need them.
• $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure women suffering from family violence get legal support.
• An initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home.
• Labor will also invest $8 million in perpetrator mapping to look at the interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems to help identify opportunities to prevent violence through information sharing.
MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2015
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