SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
URGENT NEED FOR LONG-TERM STRATEGY TO TACKLE FAMILY VIOLENCE
Labor's Shadow Minister for Women Senator Claire Moore calls on the Abbott Government to replace short term funding for the family violence support services with a long term strategic approach.
Labor welcomes the Government's weekend announcement that $4 million funding will go to support the 1800RESPECT hotline but calls on the Government to recognise that the family violence support sector is desperate for a long-term funding strategy to keep women and children safe.
Already we are seeing the devastating effect of the Abbott Government's funding cuts to family violence support services, with shelters like Djarindjin safe house that services 50 Aboriginal communities in the remote north of Western Australia announcing today they will have to shut their doors on June 30 because they have no more funding.
The Abbott Government has failed to reverse the $270 million cuts to legal and community support services in last year's Budget that assist women suffering family violence.
The Government's grants process for these critical support services has also left hundreds of services with an uncertain future.
In March this year Labor offered to work with the Prime Minister to hold a National Crisis Summit on Family Violence, and announced a $70 million interim package of measures to make sure women get the legal support they need and can access critical services.
- Almost $50 million to legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure women suffering from family violence have appropriate legal support;
- Initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home; and
- An investment of $8 million to improve perpetrator accountability, tracking and diversion strategies to prevent violence.
Labor is committed to finding bipartisan solutions to rid Australia of the scourge of family violence.
MONDAY, 18 MAY 2015
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