Today Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced that Central Australian Women’s Legal Service would receive a grant of $1.35 million over three years to help women experiencing domestic violence access vital legal assistance and other support services.
“This grant, as part of the Australian Government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package, will support families that experience domestic violence, to improve women’s safety,” Senator Scullion said.
“Under this package, $15 million over three years is being allocated for a nation-wide pilot to deliver targeted legal and related services to women through new specialist domestic violence units and health justice partnerships.
“Central Australian Women’s Legal Service is being funded to establish a specialist domestic violence unit in Alice Springs to provide wrap-around support to women. The unit will take a case management approach to ensure that services are tailored to each woman’s circumstances and will include both legal help and other practical assistance such as counselling and access to crisis accommodation.
“This funding will also be used to establish a health justice partnership which will offer legal training and support for health professionals and provide on-site legal advice at a hospital or health centre.
“Alice Springs will benefit from this grant not only as a result of the increased service capacity of Central Australian Women’s Legal Service but also the partnerships with other providers that will be established to break down the barriers that women face in receiving the help they need.
“The Women’s Safety Package is intended to complement existing services and the work that state and territory governments are doing to reduce family violence.”
Further information can be found at the Attorney-General’s Department website.
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2015-10-19 Alice Springs DV unit release.pdf