Victorian budget: ‘Brilliant’ $1.9b family violence package will save lives, advocates say
Life changing. Extraordinary. A budget with heart.
That is the reaction to the Victorian budget’s headline figure of $1.9 billion to implement the 227 recommendations of last year’s Royal Commission into Family Violence.
“To be honest I think today is a day for Victoria to be proud. God knows we’ve had enough days to be ashamed of,” said Fiona McCormack, the CEO of the peak body Domestic Violence Victoria.
“It’s kind of like pinch yourself, is it true? I’m gobsmacked. “Family violence is an area that’s been neglected for ages. It’s a slog.
“You see women speaking out, families who’ve lost loved ones — a lot of the time it’s soul destroying when that’s not necessarily met with the kind of response that’s required.”
The budget measures include:
- $448.1 million to establish 17 one-stop-shop Support and Safety Hubs
- more than $270 million for victim assistance, support and counselling
- $269.4 million to introduce specialist Family Violence Courts and expand legal assistance for victims
“These were the key features of the blueprint laid out by the Royal Commission,” Ms McCormack said. “It’s about creating a multidisciplinary approach where all the parts of the system are talking to each other.
“What we’re seeing is a Government that’s committed not just in words but in funding. It’s brilliant.” The CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Emma King, called it a “phenomenal” amount of money to address family violence.
“The Government should be commended for genuinely acting on the recommendations of the Family Violence Royal Commission,” Ms King said.
“These measures will save lives.”
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