Em­pha­sis on per­pe­tra­tors is wel­comed

NEW FUND­ING TO TACKLE DO­MES­TIC VI­O­LENCE

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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”.

She hoped

the

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.

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