We welcome the news that the NSW and Federal governments have announced a $21 Million commitment to Domestic Violence services.
The challenges faced by victims and the associated support services throughout the coronavirus pandemic have highlighted a need for change and an essential cash injection into these critical social services.
Did you know, Australian police deal with a domestic violence matter every two minutes which equates to 5,000 domestic violence matters on average every week.
These figures are based on data provided by police services around the country about how often their officers respond to domestic violence cases, which is why this funding is so important right now for Australians.
Frontline services will receive almost $9 million, with the remaining funds to be spent on women's refuges, a pop-up safe house in Manly on Sydney's northern beaches, behavioural programs and duress alarms.
Demand for services like hotlines, legal aid and court advocacy spiked during the crisis, said NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman.
"Victims, especially woman and children are at their homes with perpetrators," he said. "[They are] often unable to access phone and unable to access the internet, unable to get out because their perpetrators are literally or metaphorically over their shoulders."
If you, or someone you know needs support, please reach out via the dedicated family and domestic violence support services:
- 1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732
- Women's Crisis Line (NSW): 1800 656 463
- Safe Steps Crisis Line (Vic): 1800 015 188
- Men's Referral Service: 1300 766 491
- Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 131 114
- Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
If you need help navigating your way through the breakdown of a relationship, you don’t have to do it alone. You can contact our experienced Family Law team for a confidential appointment in Bathurst, Oberon, Lithgow or via Zoom. We're here to help on 1800 650 656.
Lauren Ryan | Family Law Solicitor