Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Liberal Government.
This investment includes a $60 million grants program for eligible organisations to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the program will build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 people per year. The grant program will be structured to encourage contributions from other levels of government, and from private and philanthropic sources.
A further $18 million will be invested in the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program, which has assisted over 5,200 women since 2015-16, providing security upgrades and safety planning so women and children can remain in their own homes, if it is safe to do so.
This investment was a key commitment to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“The first priority of the Liberal Government is to keep Australians safe and secure,” Mr Porter said.
“We are focused on providing more support to women and children escaping domestic violence.
“The National Plan is one of the best examples of governments working together and the more we work together to solve this problem, the better the outcome for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
“This is the third significant initiative we’ve funded for domestic violence support in as many months, following $67.2 million committed as part of the Women’s Economic Security Statement and a further $10.9 million towards 1800RESPECT, announced in late November.
“This investment is designed to significantly increase our national stock of emergency accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
“The Government has zero tolerance for violence against women and this new package will make a very real difference to women and children right across Australia.
“This announcement comes on top of the more than $350 million the Government has invested to improve women’s safety since 2015.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.