Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has welcomed funding to cut local waiting lists for support services helping children and adults who have experienced sexual assault.
South West Health Care has received $43,000 to help it deliver services for an extra 26 people this year.
The funding will ensure waiting lists for children and young people are addressed first.
The funding is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $16 million Family Violence Fund, established to respond to increased demand for services as a result of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Sexual assault support services provide crisis care responses, counselling, casework, group-work, advocacy and a statewide after-hours telephone crisis service for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.
Agencies also provide community awareness, education and professional consultation services that work towards the prevention and early identification of sexual assault.
In its first budget the Andrews Labor Government announced an $81.3 million package to boost family violence services, including the establishment of Australia’s first Royal
Commission into Family Violence.
The Royal Commission is due to hand down its findings in March 2016.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“This vital funding boost will help to address local waiting lists for children and young people to ensure they can access services as soon as possible.”
“South West Health Care offers invaluable support for local residents in times of terrible trauma – we are committed to helping them continue this work in our community.”
“We are helping address the scourge of sexual assault and family violence.”