Investing to break the cycle of family and domestic violence

Investing to break the cycle of family and domestic violence

The McGowan Labor Government has introduced a raft of measures in the 2017-18 State Budget to reduce the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in the community and provide extra services to support victims.

As part of a multi-faceted approach, the McGowan Labor Government will deliver two new women’s refuges as well as extra education and prevention strategies to help reverse the prevalence of domestic violence.

The 2017-18 State Budget includes:

  • $8.3 million to establish two additional women’s refuges, with work to start in 2018;
  • Reinstating and expanding Financial Counselling Services with an extra $7.4 million of funding;
  • Establishing a new family and domestic violence counselling service in the Peel region;
  • State Government funding for the RSPCA to support a Pets in Crisis program, which will help the victims of family and domestic violence look after their pets;
  • Deliver respectful relationship programs in schools as part of a primary prevention program;
  • Membership of the national Our Watch program, which will enable the State Government to leverage support through partnerships and access to research;
  • Investing $1.69 million to expand existing culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse victims of family and domestic violence;
  • Planning funding to start work to establish an additional behavioural change service for male perpetrators of family and domestic violence.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, click here.

“As WA’s first Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, I’m pleased the McGowan Government is taking the issue seriously,” said Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk.

“The new women’s refuges will provide a safe and secure space for women and children who are escaping domestic violence and provide appropriate support to help them get back on their feet.

“It’s also important we educate the community about the impacts of family and domestic violence and by introducing respectful relationship programs in schools, we can continue to implement cultural change in attitudes towards family and domestic violence.”