1st October 2015
On 24th September 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash announced $100 million in funding to combat domestic violence in Australia. Around $15 million will be directed towards 12 specialist units in order to help women and children access legal and other support services. The locations of these units were chosen on the basis of the highest reported rates of domestic violence. Half of the units are located in regional areas where women are often confronted with further barriers to getting help. The units will assist victims to access lawyers, social workers and health professionals. Existing legal service providers with a reputation for delivering effective and high quality services to domestic violence victims will establish these new services.
The location for the new domestic violence unit in SA is Elizabeth area. In addition, health partnerships which give training to doctors and health professionals on how to identify vulnerable women and give them effective and safe support will be set up.
MCCSA is pleased that the Government has openly acknowledged the need to tackle the problem of domestic violence with the announcement of funding. However, it is a fact that, annually, approximately 2800 women escaping domestic violence who require safe accommodation are turned away from homeless shelters. MCCSA would like to see more funding distributed to specialist homelessness services.