FUNDING BOOST FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES

Family Violence Support Services in the Casey area will get a $3.5 million boost to provide additional support and assistance to victims of family violence locally.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley welcomed the news as the numbers of victims affected by family violence incidents continue to rise in the City of Casey.

According to the figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency, 4222 family incidents were reported in the City of Casey from April 2015 to March 2016, which is a rise of 12.7% from the previous year.

This much-needed funding boost will increase the capacity of specialist family violence service providers to offer support to victims in the local community.

The funding is part of an $87 million funding boost for a range of critical support services for agencies across Victoria and is aligned with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“This funding boost comes as a relief to victims of family violence who will now be able to get the support they need through agencies.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is making sure that agencies providing support to victims of family violence are able to offer the support that is needed in our local communities.”

“The funds will be spread out over a number of portfolios, including men’s family violence services, counselling for women and children, flexible support packages and sexual support services.”

“The funds will also provide greater support for women and children from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

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