About 6000 women and children needing to escape family violence each year will have access to hundreds of new safe places across the country under a $60 million initiative. Source: News.com.au.
The Morrison Government investment will fund about 40 projects, which include building new two- and three-bedroom homes, transforming office buildings into self-contained apartments and establishing small group homes.
Of those, two will each be located in the ACT, Western Australia and South Australia; there will be one in the Northern Territory; New South Wales will have 16; Queensland will have seven; Tasmania will be home to three; and Victoria will have seven projects.
There will be an even split of accommodation across regional areas and capital cities.
Federal Families and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston, who announced the initiative yesterday, said the investment would improve access to suitable emergency accommodation for those in need as they rebuilt their lives free from violence.
She said the Government was hopeful the majority of work would be complete by 2022, although there were some projects that could be fast-tracked.
Ms Ruston said there had been a significant increase in the number of people reporting family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the Government had already topped up domestic violence programs by $150 million during the pandemic.
However, the federal Opposition said it was “unacceptable” it took a global pandemic and rise in domestic violence reports for the government to deliver the promised funding.
New $60m crisis accommodation for Australians escaping domestic violence (By Emily Cosenza, NCA NewsWire via News.com.au)