The Andrews Labor Government is providing more support for women and children experiencing family violence in the South West.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced $215,177 in new funding for Child FIRST and Integrated Family Service providers in the South West. It’s part of a $5.65 million statewide funding boost.
The funding will be used to develop further partnerships with family violence services and to prioritise family violence responses to Aboriginal children and families.
Local providers receiving funding include:
- Bethany Community Support Inc – $31,644
- Brophy Family & Youth Services In – $56,957
- Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative Limited – $31,644
- MPOWER Inc – $31,644
- Warrnambool City Council – $31,644
In the past year, 55 per cent of all new referrals to Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services across Victoria had family violence recorded as an issue.
The funding directly responds to a recommendation in the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which called for more funding to be provided to Integrated Family Services so they can respond to family violence, pending the establishment of Support and Safety Hubs.
Child FIRST – Child and Family Information, Referrals and Support Teams – ensures vulnerable children, young people and their families are connected to the services they need. Integrated Family Services helps families with parenting skills and provides counselling and group work to improve parent-child relationships.
This funding is on top of the $48 million boost to Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services in the Labor Government’s first budget – part of the biggest boost ever to the Child Protection budget.
In 2015-16 alone, Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services provided more than 35,000 cases of support to Victorian families.
The Labor Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform is shifting our focus from crisis response to prevention and early intervention, which is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“Family violence hurts our whole community – police, courts, workplaces, schools, and sadly, our homes and our children.”
“We’re giving families in the South West the support they need to prevent violence and keep children safe. We’re identifying risky situations early to reduce the need for more intensive child protection interventions.”
“Family violence is the number one law and order issue in Australia. We’re doing everything we can to protect the safety and wellbeing of women and children.”
“Children who are victims of family violence sometimes become perpetrators themselves. We need to intervene to break the cycle of violence, and keep not just this generation of children safe, but future ones too.”