More support for Aboriginal Victorians facing family violence

Aboriginal Victorians facing family violence will have even more support, under new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Included as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $33.5 million will go to meeting the needs of Aboriginal victim survivors and working to prevent family violence from happening in the first place.

$11 million will go towards extending legal services for Aboriginal Victorians, with extra lawyers and case support workers to assist with family violence intervention orders and child protection matters.

An additional $11.4 million will go to expand prevention and intervention programs, including Sisters Day Out, Dilly Bag and Young Luv.

The Budget also includes $1.1 million to trial a new Koori Women’s Gathering Place. The trial aims to break down barriers faced by Aboriginal women in reporting family violence.

Funding will also be provided to extend a range of other programs, co-designed with Aboriginal communities and services, to help victim survivors recover from their trauma.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We don’t have all the answers when it comes to ending family violence. It’s why we initiated the Royal Commission, and it’s why we’re listening to Aboriginal Victorians.”

“This investment will meet the needs of victim survivors now, and help prevent family violence from happening in the future.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins

“Family violence affects every community and every corner of our state. We’re making sure that Aboriginal Victorians facing family violence get the support they need.”

“We’re extending legal assistance, improving early intervention and helping victim survivors heal.”