Domestic violence victim-survivors across the Dubbo electorate will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with four local services receiving more funding as part of the NSW and Federal Governments’ recent $21 million investment.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said specialist support services will receive a funding boost of more than $320,000 for:
- Dubbo Homelessness and Housing Support Service
- Mid-Western Homelessness and Housing Support Service
- Staying Home Leaving Violence Dubbo; and
- Dubbo Emergency Accommodation Project.
“The pandemic has caused unprecedented stress on families, and as such has increased the potential for domestic abuse in homes, so we want to ensure help is available and accessible at this crucial time,” Mr Saunders said.
“Our dedicated frontline services, as well as police and local court staff, do an incredible job each day responding to the scourge of domestic and family violence.
“This funding boost will ensure local support services across our region have the resources they need to respond to any increase in service demand, and ensures people can have confidence that support will be available if they need it.”
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman said more victim-survivors have sought assistance during the pandemic and are presenting to services with more complex needs.
“This comprehensive package responds to a range of issues raised with the Government during this pandemic, and aims to protect women and children and ultimately save lives,” Mr Speakman said. The $21 million additional investment for domestic violence frontline specialist services comprises $12.8 million from the NSW Government and $8.8 million from the Commonwealth Government.