Package to act as a safety net
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made it clear that domestic, family or sexual violence is unacceptable in any circumstance and won’t be tolerated in Australia.
Last week he announced the $100 million package of measures to provide a safety net for women and children at high risk of violence.
The package aims to improve frontline support and services, leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse.
It includes $17 million to keep women safe in their homes by expanding initiatives like the Safer in the Home program to install CCTV cameras and other safety equipment.
In the south-east corridor, Ruah runs a Safe At Home program, which supports women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence to stay in their housing when it is safe to do so.
The program is based on an assessment of risk and safety to allow women to make an informed choice about staying in their home after violence.
Women in the program are linked with mainstream services to assist them to maintain stable housing.
The program provides information to women, including support, safety checks, and safety planning and links them with a wide range of services.
The package responds to advice of the Council of Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on reducing violence against women and children.
Mr Turnbull said he looked forward to working with all Australians to say that enough is enough, that women and children must be safe in their homes and on our streets; and that domestic and family violence is never acceptable.