Media Release

24 September 2015

$100 million Family Violence Package Welcomed

McAuley Community Services for Women today welcomed the $100 million package of measures to tackle family violence in Australia.    

CEO Jocelyn Bignold said she was particularly pleased to see funds directed towards safety measures.

“This will make it safer for women to remain at home with their children, something we believe is crucial,” she said.

“We are also pleased to see more investment into 1800 Respect, this is a critical part in keeping women safe as well as out of harm.”

McAuley Community Services for Women’s first recommendation to the Royal Commission was for the Victorian Government to fund a comprehensive, fully resourced Safe at Home program.

“We still argue that this should happen, as it will enable women to stay at home more safely, be supported to keep working, or return to work and for children to stay or return to school.

She said that women also required rent assistance and brokerage to make their homes safe, for intervention orders to be prioritised and for breaches to be dealt with swiftly by the justice system.

“Technological solutions need to be included in any ‘Safe at Home’ response so that evidence can be gathered and used reliably in court. The funding for safety measures is a good start.”

Ms Bignold congratulated the Turnbull Federal Government for acting promptly on a national epidemic of abuse.