The Coalition Government will invest $1.3 million in support services to help women and children in the Northern Territory affected by domestic and family violence to stay in their homes.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the funding would go to services that operated under the Government’s Keeping Women Safe in their Homes and Local Support Coordinator programmes.
“More than 40 per cent of people in the Territory requiring assistance from homelessness agencies last year experienced domestic or family violence – and the great majority of these were women and children,” Senator Scullion said.
“We know homelessness can have a major impact on health and finances, and may lead to poor education outcomes for children. Helping women to stay safe in their homes will make a practical and sustained difference.”
One in three women across Australia has been a victim of physical or sexual violence from someone known to them since the age of 15.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government’s funding was part of a series of measures to support women at high risk of experiencing violence.
“These include using innovative technologies to help keep women safe, improving frontline support services and providing education resources to help change community attitudes,” Senator Scullion said.
“The funding for Keeping Women Safe in their Homes in the NT will expand the Northern Territory’s Safe at Home programme to provide additional security upgrades such as security screens, sensor lights, video surveillance and monitored personal alarms for women experiencing domestic and family violence.
“Through the Local Support Coordinator programme, we’re going to see a coordinator join the Domestic Violence Legal Service in Darwin. The coordinator will help women and children experiencing domestic violence by providing support across a range of legal and practical issues.”
The Keeping Women Safe in their Homes and Local Support Coordinator programmes are part of the Australian Government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package.
This funding complements support provided through counselling services such as 1800RESPECT and Mensline, and training to frontline workers provided through DV-Alert. In addition, the Government has invested $2 million nationally to ensure frontline domestic and family violence services are supported to meet growing demand.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au