In good news, on 11 February 2019 the Prime Minister announced an additional $78 million to assist people affected by family violence. Of the funding, $60 million will be available as grants to organisations that provide emergency accommodation for people escaping family violence. It is estimated the funding will help about 6,500 people a year.
The other $18 million will be used to provide security upgrades to help survivors of family violence stay in their own homes, when it is safe to do so. The Prime Minister said in announcing the funding: “We can’t ask women and children to leave dangerous homes if they have no place to go. And where it is safe, women and children survivors should be helped to remain in their homes and communities.”
On 5 March 2019 this was followed by the Prime Minister announcing $250 million over the next four years to fund additional initiatives. The funding includes $68 million for prevention strategies and $35 million in support and prevention measures for First Peoples communities. A Prevention Hub will be established to support mothers groups, sporting clubs and churches to help people better recognise signs of family violence, while teachers and coaches will be encouraged to act on comments from children and be equipped on what steps to take to intervene.
Thank you to everyone who wrote letters or sent postcards to the Federal Government on providing increased funding to address family violence.