Our Initial Investment to Address Family Violence

Trigger Warning: Discussion of Domestic Violence

If you or anyone you know needs help, click here for a list of family violence support services.


Labor will make a series of critical investments in services and programs that directly support women and children escaping family violence.

Labor’s interim package will deliver more than $70 million over three years in targeted funding to ensure those suffering from family violence can access critical services. 

$47.4 million for targeted legal services

Labor will invest $42.9 million in frontline legal services to ensure women threatened by violence are not alone in going through the legal system. $4.5 million will also be invested in Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children experiencing family violence:

  • We will invest in community legal centres (CLCs) and frontline services to better support people affected by family violence going through the court system including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services. The new funding we are announcing for community legal centres will be targeted at providing assistance in family violence and related matters.
  • Embedded within support services will be the diverse needs of victims from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, migrants, refugees and people from a non-English speaking background, people with disability, older women and other vulnerable groups.
  • Family Violence Prevention Legal Services provide more frontline and holistic legal assistance for the past 15 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of family violence, currently providing services in 31 regional and remote locations. Labor will provide support for additional capacity to FVPLS to share best practice with other legal services on culturally-specific-training and build capacity within the organisation. 

$15 million for a Safe at Home grants program

Labor will provide an initial $15 million in grants to community organisations, local government or other appropriate providers that help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own homes and in their communities. This could include infrastructure such as:

  • key changes and lock upgrades to doors and windows;
  • sensor and security lighting;
  • security screen doors;
  • external CCTV cameras, training and monitoring;
  • alarm systems.

In addition, we will map and understand best practice of existing state safe and home strategies, including risk assessments, for implementation across Australia.  

$8.4 million to improve perpetrator interaction mapping

Labor will invest $8.4 million into research on mapping perpetrator interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems. This investment will aim to:

  • Identify and monitor opportunities to interrupt forthcoming violent behaviours through information sharing and specific accountability strengthening measures.
  • Research to increase our knowledge of how perpetrators track through these systems
  • Better understand the role and effectiveness of risk assessment systems to build a comprehensive understanding of perpetrator behaviours, including a longitudinal study. 

Financial implications

 

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total

National Crisis Summit on Family Violence

0.8

-

-

-

0.8

Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services - ensure women threatened by violence are not alone

14.2

14.3

14.4

 -

42.9

Family Violence Prevention Legal Services

1.5

1.5

1.5

 -

4.5

Safe at Home grants program – initial investment

5.0

5.0

5.0

 -

15

Greater perpetrator accountability

2.8

2.8

2.8

 -

8.4

 Totals

24.3

23.6

23.7

-

71.6 

 

In addition to these measures, Labor has set aside funding to hold the National Crisis Summit.

If you or anyone you know needs help, click here for a list of family violence support services.