What about tonight? Women's safety package to #Stoptheviolence
Peak body for homelessness services, Homelessness Australia, congratulates the Prime Minister on today's announcement for $100m of funding for domestic violence support and services.
"This $100m will go a long way in supporting women, and services, in escaping violence and rebuilding their lives," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens, said "but it is concerning that none of this funding will address the immediate crisis domestic violence victims face – safe, crisis accommodation – what about tonight?"
Domestic violence crisis support services are critically underfunded. 423 people are turned away from homelessness services each day; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year.
"We need an additional $33.8m of Federal funding to respond to the most basic needs of domestic violence victims," Ms Stevens said. "This will ensure women (and their children) can at least access shelter and support workers who can assess the risk they're facing."
Homelessness services are essential for ensuring the immediate and ongoing safety of women and children who are experiencing or at risk of, experiencing violence within the home. They provide shelter, referrals to other services as well as staff skilled in assessing and managing risk.
Homelessness services also perform an important intervention role with men who have been removed from the family home due to their use of violence on their partners and children. Providing these men with accommodation and support services has been shown to reduce their likelihood of returning to the family home and using violence on their families.
Just this week, more than 70 advocates and community organisation representatives signed onto a letter to the Prime Minister calling for an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable Housing.
"An Assistant Minister can provide the Prime Minister with advice and insight on issues across the homelessness sector," Ms Stevens said. "We are committed to the early intervention and education to stop domestic violence, but this cannot come at the expense of those facing crisis tonight."
- Read the request for an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Housing: http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/images/publications/Open_letter_to_PM_22_Sept_2015.pdf
- Read the Prime Ministers media release: http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/release-womens-safety-package-to-stoptheviolence
- Read Homelessness Australia's analysis on the domestic violence service gap: http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/images/publications/Media_Releases/homelessness-fair-agenda.pdf