Six out of 12 new domestic violence hubs will be in regional Australia

September 30, 2015

The Guardian

Nearly $15m of a suite of measures worth $100m will go to the Attorney General’s Department for the establishment of the hubs or ‘hotspots’

Half of the 12 new domestic violence hubs, which will make it easier for women leaving abusive relationships to access a range of services in one location, will be based in regional Australia, the attorney general, George Brandis, has announced.

Last week, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the minister for women, Michaelia Cash, announced a suite of measures worth $100m to tackle sexual and domestic violence.

Nearly $15m of that would go to the Attorney General’s Department for the establishment of the hubs or “hotspots”. The specialist units will bring together lawyers, social workers, health professionals and cultural liaisons like translators, to help survivors of domestic violence.

Hospitals and medical centres which are part of the health partnership program will have an onsite lawyer available for victims to access.

Domestic violence hotspots will be established in:

  • South-west Sydney, New South Wales
  • The Dubbo region, New South Wales
  • North-east Melbourne, Victoria
  • The Mallee region, Victoria
  • Priority locations within Brisbane or the Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Townsville, Queensland
  • North-east Perth, Western Australia
  • The Kimberley, Western Australia
  • Elizabeth, South Australia
  • North-west Tasmania
  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Health partnerships are set to be established in:

  • Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland
  • North-east Perth, Western Australia
  • Elizabeth, South Australia
  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory

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