Emphasis on perpetrators is welcomed
NEW FUNDING TO TACKLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
MT DRUITT-BASED domestic violence support services have welcomed the $60 million package to help target offender behaviour and support victims.
Premier Mike Baird has announced the funding to combat the state’s growing rate of domestic violence.
Women’s Activities and Self Help House manager Rachel Merton said: “The rate of domestic violence cases in the Blacktown and Mt Druitt area is among the highest in the state.
“We would easily have 400 referrals every year,” she said. “I think this is a really important injection of funding and we support its emphasis on targeting the perpetrators of violence against women.”
According to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Re- search, 653 domestic violence incidents were reported in the 2770 postcode in the year to June, 12 less than the previous year.
But with more than 60 women killed by their partners in Australia this year already, Ms Merton said the funding was needed “to challenge perpetrators to analyse their own behaviour rather than blame other people”.
govern- ment focused on providing more specialised women’s refuges.
“There are always huge issues with getting access to those places,” she said.
Mr Baird said domestic violence was a plague that needed to be eradicated across NSW and Australia.
“No one should have to live in fear in their own home,” Mr Baird said.
“We need to target these offenders to change their attitudes and behaviours to make a lasting change.”
The package is in addition to the $148.5 million over four years the government committed for specialist domestic and family violence services in the 2015-16 Budget.