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Provide additional funding for specialist family violence support services

Recommendation 011 - Implemented

The Victorian Government provide additional funding for specialist family violence support services to deal with the current crisis in demand and to ensure that victims of family violence receive appropriate support.

What we are doing

Significant funding has been provided to address demand pressures on specialist family violence services. New funding is, firstly, boosting service levels to ensure victim survivors of family violence (including children and people from diverse communities) have access to crisis and case-management support, Flexible Support Packages, therapeutic responses and refuge accommodation and, secondly, expanding interventions for perpetrators of family violence.

The 2016–17 State Budget provided $153.2 million to strengthen specialist family violence services. Key allocations from this funding in 2016–17 included:

  • $45.6 million over two years to boost specialist family violence case management. This supports 9,000 more women and their children during 2016–17
  • $17.0 million over one year to boost Flexible Support Packages. This enables an additional 5,000 packages to be allocated during 2016–17
  • $6.4 million over two years to boost sexual assault support services. This supports a further 1,900 victim survivors of sexual assault during 2016–17, with priority given to children
  • $5.2 million over one year to strengthen responses to men who use violence. This provides an additional 1,900 men with access to behaviour change programs
  • $5.0 million over two years towards counselling for women and children. This provides counselling support to an additional 1,100 women and children statewide during 2016–17
  • $3.0 million over one year for statewide crisis responses
  • $22.9 million over two years to pilot 26 innovative therapeutic responses to family violence.

A range of complementary reform work is also underway to ensure that victims of family violence receive appropriate support. This includes the redevelopment of the approach to family violence risk assessment and management, the establishment of Support and Safety Hubs, information sharing reforms and the Industry Plan.  

The 2017–18 State Budget provided a further $397.4 million over four years to continue the significant boosts provided in the 2016–17 Budget and address additional demand pressures and service gaps related to specialist family violence services.

Where we are up to

As the above actions are complete this recommendation is implemented.

Timeframe

Implemented.

Who is leading the change

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Treasury and Finance

Family Safety Victoria