Four-year funding for our family violence services announced

The Hon Martin Foley MP officially announced that McAuley, as well as seven other refuge providers, would share in $27 million in ongoing funding to help in family violence crisis situations, at the function to celebrate our tenth anniversary. 

‘Family violence doesn’t just happen between nine and five – in fact a significant proportion of incidents attended by police occur after-hours,’ Mr Foleysaid.

Mr Foley told assembled guests and supporters that our work and our wraparound model of support was ‘lifesaving.’

Last year the Minister also visited McAuley House, to which the Victorian government had previously contributed $4 million in funding in 2016/2017. He had been impressed by what he had seen, describing it as a ‘fantastic facility providing much more than bricks and mortar.’

For these reasons it was an easy decision, he said, to select McAuley as a provider to extend our 24/7 support. He acknowledged that keeping the work going through fundraising alone over the past decade had been ‘no mean feat’.

‘McAuley has been a trailblazer and a role model of what can be done.’

Other VIPs present at the event included the Hon Marsha Thomson MP, Local member of Footscray, and a strong supporter of our work over many years, and Georgie Crozier MP, Shadow Minister for Families & Children; Prevention of Family Violence; Housing; and Member for Southern Metropolitan Region.

More information

Victorian government media release