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Domestic violence funding must be targeted
Central Coast Labor MPs have called on the NSW Government to detail how new Domestic Violence funding will be allocated to support organisations on the Central Coast who are struggling to support victims of domestic violence.
21 January 2022
LAST Tuesday the NSW Government announced Domestic Violence funding over 4 years to expand the Core and Cluster program ($426.6m), Community Housing Innovation Fund ($52.5m) and a trial in two Districts to support accompanied children and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The Central Coast continues to be a hotspot for Domestic Violence and there should be significant funding applied from this money to support local organisations.
There are local concerns that funding and solutions will not arrive immediately, nor have flexibility to be deliver locally-appropriate support programs.
In addition, there is a dire shortage of affordable accommodation on the Central Coast, so there is additional urgent need for additional funding to activate existing social housing that could be repaired and utilised in the short term.
“There needs to be a significant allocation from this funding as our suburbs across the Coast struggle with the scourge of Domestic Violence,” said David Harris, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast.
“Our local services are drowning, which impacts back on our whole community – schools, police, health etc. The Coast can’t miss out on this important funding to boost capacity of services.”
“Domestic violence rates on the Coast are simply too high, leaving our local services overwhelmed,” said Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea.
“Our region needs its fair share of funding to help support these community services on the frontline supporting victims of domestic violence.”
“The combination of COVID and the housing crisis on the Central Coast has exacerbated the stress on domestic violence organisations across our community, who are already stretched beyond capacity,” stated Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford.
“I commend the work of our outstanding professionals working in the DV sector across the Coast, and encourage the government to allow flexibility within this funding to deliver locally-designed initiatives targeting specific needs in our community."
Ms Tesch also encourages the government to fund specific resources supporting older women fleeing domestic violence as this cohort continues to increase.
“The State Government closed many refuges when it came to office in 2011. I’m pleased that they have now decided to fund new refuges,” David Mehan, Member for The Entrance said.
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