Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, welcomed the funding.
This investment includes a $60 million grants program for eligible organisations to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence.
Senator Scullion said this program will build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 people per year. The grant program will be structured to encourage contributions from other levels of government, and from private and philanthropic sources.
A further $18 million will be invested in the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program, which has assisted over 5,200 women since 2015-16, providing security upgrades and safety planning so women and children can remain in their own homes, if it is safe to do so.
This investment was a key commitment to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“The first priority of the Coalition is to keep Australians safe and secure,” Senator Scullion said.
“We are focused on providing more support to women and children escaping domestic violence.”
Ms Price said The National Plan was one of the best examples of governments working together and the more we work together to solve this problem as partners, the better the outcome for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
“I have been speaking out on the need for more services to help women and children dealing with domestic and family violence and I am pleased to be part of the CLP delivering more support to women and children,” Ms Price said.
“This is the third significant initiative the Coalition has funded for domestic violence support in as many months, following $67.2 million committed as part of the Women’s Economic Security Statement and a further $10.9 million towards 1800RESPECT, announced in late November.”
Mrs Ganley said this investment was designed to significantly increase our national stock of emergency accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
“The Country Liberals have zero tolerance for violence against women and this new package will make a very real difference to women and children right across Australia.”
“Today’s announcement comes on top of the more than $350 million the Government has invested to improve women’s safety since 2015,” Mrs Ganley said.
All shelters will be eligible to apply if they are planning on expanding the shelter to create new emergency accommodation. Organisations should subscribe to the Community Grants Hub website https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/ to receive grant notifications.