Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today welcomed news that Tennant Creek will be home to one of the Coalition Government’s new domestic violence units which will deliver specialist legal and social support to our community’s most vulnerable women.
The new services worth $3.4 million across Australia are being delivered as part of the 2017 Budget and will be based in areas of highest need.
“These domestic violence units combine legal and social support in a single service, to deliver client-centred help to women experiencing, or at risk of, family violence,” Senator Scullion said.
“The centre in Tennant Creek will partner with other service providers to deliver financial counselling, crisis, accommodation and mental health support, as well as other practical assistance.”
“The Coalition Government is investing $525,000 in the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service to deliver these essential domestic violence services in Tennant Creek.”
The Attorney-General, George Brandis, said the Coalition Government continues to target violence against women and children as one of its highest priorities.
“Those experiencing family violence need someone to listen, assess their situation and determine what else they need beyond legal help,” the Attorney said.
“The existing 12 domestic violence units have helped over 2800 clients, providing over 7600 discreet services in the first 18 months after they were established in early 2016. This extra funding will ensure more women in Tennant Creek can also receive this vital support.”
Today’s announcement builds on the Government’s record investment of over $1.7 billion in legal aid commissions, community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.