The Opposition Leader Michael Daley yesterday announced Labor’s plan to end domestic, family and sexual violence.
The total package includes an additional $158 million over four years on a range of specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services and initiatives, including:
- $80 million for specialist homelessness and other services for women (providing for 200 new supported accommodation places);
- $10.8 million to fund case management services in WDVCASs;
- $8 million to fund case management services in Women’s Health Centres;
- $6.8 million to further support the work of NSW Rape Crisis;
- $1.4 million to join Our Watch; and
- $500,000 to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Advisory Group to Government.
The reform package also includes age-appropriate school-based strategies, including respectful relationships education, the extension of 10 days paid domestic violence leave to private sector workers, and three trial specialist domestic, family and sexual violence courts in Sydney, the Hunter and the Illawarra. In addition, funding has been committed to increase victims compensation and to recruit 1,500 additional police officers.
Overall, the additional funding would bring the total budget spend on specific domestic and family violence initiatives to $548 million over four years.
WDVCAS NSW have welcomed the announcement. “We’re really pleased to see commitments being made to increase the level of support in the service system”, says WDVCAS NSW Director, Hayley Foster. “It’s a really good start in acknowledging the service gaps that currently exist, from primary prevention to case management to housing support.”
WDVCAS NSW Chair, Tanya Whitehouse is particularly pleased to see continued support for the integrated response set up by the Safer Pathway reforms and an acknowledgment of the need for case management within WDVCASs. “It is so important the next NSW Government build upon the strengths of the existing service system, and for us, that’s the consistent, high quality, integrated approach to increasing women and children’s safety.”
Read the full media release here.