Pack­age to act as a safety net

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly @SusReilly

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.

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